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Alvaro Siza (Minimum Series) [Hardcover]

Giovanni Leoni

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1 April 2009 Minimum Series
The aim of the collection is to offer a series of short monographs which, though brief, nevertheless deal with all aspects of the master's personality: works, constructed or otherwise, primary written sources, critiques and photographic interpretations. The underlying aim is to offer an in-depth, comprehensive overview targeted at anyone interested in learning about architecture including students, professionals or simply those who are interested in the subject, by providing not only basic information but also guidance in terms of gaining more insight into the subject. The volumes are dedicated to some of the best known modern and contemporary architects.


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Giovanni Leoni was born in Modena (December 7th, 1958). He obtained BD (1984) and PhD in History of Architecture (1989) at History of Architecture Department (DSA) of IUAV, Venice, Italy. He has taught at the Polytechnic in Bari, Italy, from 1993 to 2005. Since 2002 he is Full Professor in History of Architecture. Since 2005 he teaches at the school of Architecture of the University of Bologna (Facoltà di Architettura "Aldo Rossi", Cesena) where he has holded the position of vice-Dean and President of the single cycle Degree in Architecture (Laurea Magistrale).
He has been member of the Bologna University Research Observatory, representing the disciplines of Architecture and Civil Engineering (2011-2012)
He is part of the teaching staff of Bologna University PhD in Architecture.
From october 2012 he is Dean of the Department of Architecture at University of Bologna.



He studies architecture and art theory in Nineteenth Century and particularly the figure of John Ruskin (J. Ruskin, Opere, a cura di G. Leoni, Laterza, Roma - Bari 1987; J. Ruskin, Turner e i Preraffaelliti, a cura di G. Leoni, Einaudi, Torino 1992; J. Ruskin, Pittori moderni, 2 voll., a cura di G. Leoni, Einaudi, Torino 1998, the first, complete translation in italian of Ruskin's main work); Architecture as Commentary: Ruskin's Pre-Modern Architectural Thought and its Influence on Modern Architecture in: AA; VV., Ruskin and Modernism, ed. by. G. Cianci, Palgrave, Houndmills, Basingstoke - New York, 2001). His last writing in this research field is: Il comandamento scritto nelle cose Sul problema del restauro in John Ruskin / The Commandment Written within Things John Ruskin and the Issue of Restoration, in J. Ruskin, Il riposo di S. Marco /St. Mark's Rest, traduzione e saggio introduttivo di Marco Pretelli, Collana Politecnica, Maggioli Editore, S. Arcangelo di Romagna 2010).

He studied architecture in Sixteenth Century Ferrara and his main publications in this field are: Christ the Gardener and the chain of symbols: the gardens around the walls of sixteenth - century Ferrara, in J. D. Hunt, ed. by, The Italian Garden, Cambridge University Press, 1996; Ferrara: una capitale in declino, in: L'architettura del secondo Cinquecento in Italia, a cura di C. Conforti e R. Tuttle, Electa, Milano 2001; La fortuna critica di G. B. Aleotti, in: C. Cavicchi, F. Ceccarelli, R. Torlontano, Giovan Battista Aleotti e l'architettura, Diabasis, Reggio Emilia 2003.

He studies history of modern and contemporary architecture publishing articles on international magazines and being author of many monographs translated in different languages: Eduardo Souto Moura (with A. Esposito, Electa, Milano 2003; spanish and portuguese ed., Gili, Barcelona 2003; english ed. Phaidon, London 2004; 2006; extended ed. Electa, Milan 2012; extended English ed. Pahidon, London 2013); Fernando Távora (Electa, Milano 2005); David Chipperfield (Federico Motta, Milano 2005; chinese ed., Dalian University of Technology Press, Dalian 2011; portuguese ed., Folha de São Paulo, São Paulo 2011); Norman Foster (Motta Architettura, Milano 2008; french ed., Actes Sud, Arles 2008; chinese ed., Dalian University of Technology Press, Dalian 2011; portuguese ed., Folha de São Paulo, São Paulo 2011); Mies van der Rohe (Motta Architettura, Milano 2008; french ed., Actes Sud, Arles 2009; portuguese ed., Folha de São Paulo, São Paulo 2011); Àlvaro Siza (Motta Architettura, Milano 2009; english ed., Motta, Milano, 2009; portuguese ed., Folha de São Paulo, São Paulo 2011). He has been editor (2007-2010) of series as MINIMUM and CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE (Motta Architettura / Gruppo Sole 24 Ore), published also in english, in french (Actes Sud) and in chinese (Dalian University of Technology Press). MINIMUM series has been published also as a supplement of popular italian magazine "L'Espresso" and CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE as a supplement of popular italian newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore" His last writing in this field is: Necessità e caso. Il progetto dell'abitare in Aris Konstantinidis, in Paola Cofano con Dimitris Konstantinidis, Aris Konstantinidis 1913-1993, Mondadori Electa, Milano 2010.
From 2002 to 2009 he has been editor of the international magazine "d'Architettura" (Motta Architettura / Gruppo Sole 24 Ore) dedicated to modern and contemporary italian architecture. In this field he was curator of many exhibitions (I linguaggi alti della architettura italiana / I linguaggi altri della architettura italiana, Parma, Chiesa di S. Ludovico, 23-29 ottobre 2006, Festival dell'Architettura, con A. Trentin; Laboratorio Italia, Roma, Roma, Ex Casa di Correzione del San Michele, Sala Clementina, 6 maggio - 4 giugno 2006) and published articles and monographs: Arassociati. Tiscali, il campus dell'innovazione, Electa, Milano 2008; Isolarchitetti, Skira, Milano 2008; Enzo Zacchiroli, Motta Architettura, Milano 2008; Marco Ciarlo Associati, Libria, Melfi 2008).
He has conduced many cataloging works devoted to italian architecture of the 20th century paying attention to a geographical vision in history of architecture (Teatro Storchi, Mucchi, Modena 1990; Trentacinque progetti per Fossoli, Electa, Milano 1990; "The first blow": Projects for the Camp at Fossoli, in G. Hartman, Holocaust Remembrance. The Shapes of Memory, Blackwell, Cambridge 1993; La casa popolare. Storia istituzionale e storia quotidiana dello IACP di Modena. 1907 - 1997, con S. Maffei, Electa, Milano 1998; Architettura in memoria della shoa, in M. Montanari, Architetture della Memoria. Ideazione, progettazione, realizzazione del Museo Monumento al Deportato di Carpi, Comune di Carpi, Carpi 2003; Modena, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Piacenza, in M. Casciato, P. Orlandi, Quale e quanta architettura in Emilia-Romagna nel Secondo Novecento, CLUEB, Bologna 2005; Secondo Novecento a Reggio Emilia, in A. Zamboni, C. Gandolfi, L'architettura del Novecento a Reggio Emilia, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2011; Il campo della cultura a Modena: storia, luoghi e sfera pubblica, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2011 (cura, con A. Borsari, V. Borghi; Identità dell'architettura contemporanea nell'Emilia occidentale / The Identity of Contemporary Architecture in Western Emilia in: Città Emilia: the Kent State Forum on the city, atti del convegno internazionale, Kent State University, ed. by di C. Quintelli, M. Sabini, Alinea, Firenze 2012; Il Novecento a Modena. Le qualità dell'architettura e i processi di costruzione della città, in V. Bulgarelli, a cura, Città e architetture. Il Novecento a Modena, Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, Modena 2013.
He is in the board of : Bologna Urban Center, Parma Urban Center, Fondazione Fossoli.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for its size and volume 14 Nov 2011
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Medium size; min. 80 of 120 pages dedicated to more than 15 works and projects; at least one decent plan, section, and/or elevation per design; very good quality photos; well published on glossy paper; very well bound; superior to 80-page Alvaro Siza (Archipockets) by teNeues, ISBN: 3823855808.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's just OK 11 Feb 2013
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I felt a little bit disappointed when I got the book. I expected more pictures os Siza's work around the world.
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