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Pier Paolo Tamburelli

Wonders of the modern World


In 1721 the Austrian architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach publishedthe Entwurff einer historischen Architektur,  a collection of eighty-six folios intending to illustrate the architecture of the Jews, Egyptians, Syrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, Siamese, Chinese and Japanese together with some projects by its author. Fischer’s goal was to obtain an Idée generale de la diversité des batiments de l’antiquité et de toutes les Nations. Fischer selected the various buildings and landscapes to be included in his book according to two simple parameters: the elements of the collection are all monuments and they are all real (or at least he believes they are). In so doing Fischer delineates a possible method for the understanding of monumental architecture that is both realist and comparative. Fischer seems to implicitly suggest a critique of the liberal presuppositions of Modern architecture that is similar to the critique addressed by anthropologists and economists to the interpretations of primitive economy in classical liberalism. These realistic critiques – as well as the arguments we can discover in Adolf Loos’ Architecture, Aldo Rossi’s The Architecture of the City and Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York–allow us to (re-)think architecture as something immediately immersed into linguistic exchange and inextricably linked to social and religious ceremonies.


Pier Paolo Tamburelli

(Tortona, 1976) studied at the University of Genoa and at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam. In 2004 Tamburelli founded baukuh together with Paolo Carpi, Silvia Lupi, Vittorio Pizzigoni, Giacomo Summa, and Andrea Zanderigo. baukuh is based in Milan and Genoa. The office realized several public and mixed-use buldings (among them the House of Memory in Milan, 2011-15), and won international competitions for architecture and urban design. baukuh took part in the Rotterdam Biennale (2007 and 2011), in the Istanbul Biennial (2012), in the Venice Biennale (2008 and 2012), and in the Chicago Biennial (2015 and 2017). Tamburelli has lectured at a number of schools and cultural institutions, including the Architectural Association, Biennale di Venezia, Cornell University, EPFL Lausanne, ETHZ Zurich, FAU São Paulo, FFAR Stockholm, IUAV Venice, Kunsthal Rotterdam, MAXXI Rome, MoMA New York, RWTH Aachen, University of California Berkeley, Tongji University Shanghai, and the Triennale di Milano. Tamburelli has taught at the PUSA Aleppo (Syria), at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, at TUM Munich, at University of Illinois at Chicago, and he is currently a visiting professor at the Milan Politecnico. Tamburelli is one of the founders and editors of the architectural magazine San Rocco.

19th march 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
Luís de Freitas Branco Room
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