Carlo Scarpa Architect: Intervening With History
by Nicholas Olsberg, George Ranalli, Jean-Francois Bedard, Sergio Polano, Alba Di Lieto, Mildred Friedman
Photographs by Guido Guidi
square 4to. pp. 253. profusely illustrated in colour & b/w. bibliography. index. wrs. New York: The Monacelli Press & the Canadian Centre for Architecture, .
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the CCA in Montreal from May 26 - October 31, 1999.
ISBN-10: 1580930352 / ISBN-13: 9781580930352
Between 1953 and 1978 the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa produced an incredibly varied range of works that challenge our notions of what modern architecture might be. Foremost in that work was the need to reconcile a wholehearted embrace of the new with the longstanding traditions of local craft and of universal practice to create an architecture that would clearly express its own machine-driven times without abandoning the psychic and sensual forces of place, materiality, and memory.
The Diverse and imaginative response to that challenge represented by the eight projects discussed here - the Palazzo Abatellis, the Canova plaster cast gallery, the Museo di Castelvecchio, the Olivetti Querini Stampalia, the Banca Popilare di Verone and Scarpa's final masterwork, the Brion family tomb - remain powerfully relevant in an environment increasingly concerned with adapting, rahter than revolutionizing, the fabric of the built world.
Carlo Scarpa, Architect: Intervening with History illustrates, through abundant reproductions of Scarpa's drawings, the ways the architect created a dialogue with light, space, and architecture within the historic fabric of Italian cities. Presenting these projects as they exist today, the patient eye of contemporary photographer Guido Guidi deepens our understanding of this timely approach to architectural dialogue.