The purpose of this online event is to deepen the issues regarding the intense connection, existing in every age, between architectural research process and the definition of our own cultural identity. With the support of Mantua Unesco Chair of the Politecnico di Milano, Mantua Campus, the event promoted by ABC Department of Politecnico di Milano focuses on the importance of the history as model and reference in the urban and architectural design creative process. In this sense, historic and architectural heritage carries tangible and intangible values, reflection of the cultural context that generated them.
Among these, typological issues emerge, as witness of materials and construction system applications as well as language solutions, expression and manifestation of social and political conditions. From the Age of Enlightenment to the one of the nationalism in the Second World War, in modern Europe history became an instrument of research for individual or national identities.
A selective process that comes out from the surviving architectural heritage, but also from historical sources stored in public and private archives or conserved in libraries. Indispensable heritage to investigate and interpret in order to understand, through the past, the identity of the present.
Selection result: 6 September 2021
Panel discussion: 25 October 2021
Under the direction of Ginevra Rossi (Ph.D student at Polimi DABC, 34th cycle) and Tomas Maria Lopez (Ph.D student at Polimi DABC, 35th cycle)
Organizing committee: Elisa Boeri (Polimi), Pierre Coffy (Paris 1), Francesca Mattei (Roma Tre)