Barletta: Sea, Centre and Periphery

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Samir Younés, Ettore Maria Mazzola
Gangemi, 2005 - Architecture - 95 pages
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Barletta: Sea, Center and Periphery details the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture's studio to produce designs for key areas in Barletta. The creation of designs for the city provided the opportunity to deal with two delicate town-planning issues: first, how to operate within a historical center; and second, how to upgrade a dismantled industrial area, subject to restrictions imposed by the Service of Artistic and Architectural Heritage. The goal was to integrate the new with the old, by working to rehabilitate the surroundings totally, avoiding piecemeal fixes unresponsive to the total urban fabric.

We appreciate the remarkable next to the mundane; the coherent as well as the irregular; the beauty of proportional relationships; grandeur and moderation; opulence and austerity; solidity, firmness and also delicateness; and especially the suitability of buildings to the very place from which these buildings emerge. The successful combinations of these qualities occasionally converge to make a city or a quarter of historic importance.

Written in English and Italian.

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SAMIR YOUNÉS is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Now also the Director of the Rome Studies Program, Younés taught at the Catholic University of America from 1986 until 1991 when he joined the Notre Dame faculty. He also taught at the Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture and lectured and reviewed student work at the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Miami and Maryland. His projects and essays on architecture and aesthetics have appeared in publications including Architectural Design, Archi e Colonne and American Arts Quarterly. He is the author of 'The True, the Fictive and the Real' and 'Quatremère de Quincy's Historical Dictionary of Architecture' and member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, which makes recommendations on national architecture issues and is composed of seven superintendents of the major regions and museums in Italy and five foreign scholars.

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