Architectural Projects of Marco Frascari: The Pleasure of a by Sam Ridgway

By Sam Ridgway

Marco Frascari believed that architects may still layout considerate structures in a position to inspiring their population to have enjoyable and chuffed lives. A visionary Italian architect, educational and theorist, Frascari is best-known for his impressive texts, which discover the highbrow, theoretical and sensible substance of the architectural self-discipline. As a pupil in Venice in the course of the past due Sixties, Frascari was once taught and mentored by means of Carlo Scarpa. Later he moved to North the US together with his relatives, the place he turned a fulltime educational. all through his educational occupation, he persevered to paintings on various architectural tasks, together with exhibitions, pageant entries, and designs for about 35 constructions, a small variety of that have been outfitted. As a method of (re)constructing the theatre of resourceful idea in which those constructions have been created, Sam Ridgway attracts on a big variety of Frascari’s texts, together with his richly poetic publication Monsters of structure, to discover the topics of illustration, demonstration, and anthropomorphism. 3 of Frascari’s pleasant constructions are then dropped at mild and interpreted, revealing a worldly and interwoven courting among texts and structures.

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8 Marco Frascari, “The Tell-the-Tale Detail,” Via 7 (1984): 22–37. Marco Frascari, “Maidens Theory and Practice at the Sides of Lady Architecture,” Assemblage (October 1988) 7: 14–27. , 1991). 10 Frascari, Monsters of Architecture, 1. This reference refers to the two preceding quotations. 11 The Macquarie Dictionary, 3rd edn (Sydney: The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd, 1997). 12 Marco Frascari, Eleven Exercises in the Art of Architectural Drawing: Slow Food for the Architect’s Imagination (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2011).

He mentioned it in conversation, saying that he had referred to it in one of his texts. When I asked him which one, he said he couldn’t remember, but I was so intrigued by the notion that I started searching for the reference, and I eventually found the quotation that begins this introduction. Leaving clues to follow, rather than telling me where to find information or offering detailed explanations, was consistent with the embargo, and it encouraged me to dig around in Frascari’s work until I found what I was looking for.

40 Frascari, “The Tell-the-Tale Detail,” 29. 41 Dalibor Vesely, “Architecture and the Question of Technology,” in Architecture Ethics and Technology, edited by Louise Pelletier and Alberto Pérez-Gómez (Quebec: McGillQueen’s University Press, 1994), 30. 42 Marco Frascari, “Technometry and the Work of Carlo Scarpa and Mario Ridolfi,” Proceedings of the ACSA National Conference on Technodoom, (Washington, DC: 1987). Quoted by Kenneth Frampton in “Rappel À L’Ordre: The Case for the Tectonic,” in Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of Architectural Theory 1965–1995, edited by Kate Nesbitt (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996), 526.

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