Forget architecture from the Internet to a book

The fascination with doing architecture off the radar of big architecture magazines, exploring areas for hidden treasures, and long-forgotten structures are topics that have long fascinated Livegreenblog. Last week we went to the Triennale for the book launch “Forgotten architecture. Archive of completed and hidden projects (“Forgotten Architecture. Archive of Built Projects That Disappeared”) Curated by Architect Bianca Velikori and posted it nero editions.
The editorial project is Legacy of Architecture Forgotten, a virtual group experience that originated on Facebook in May 2019. As we may read on the group’s page: “The idea is simple: to take back projects by unknown and unknown architects, works that remain in the shadow of the great masters, to research ‘minor personalities’, and to bring together different backgrounds in the history of architecture to complete undergraduate student studies. It is a collective experience that transcends pure architecture, A virtual world inhabited by more than 27,000 members from a variety of different professional backgrounds.”

The collection allows to discover the rare treasures of architecture of the twentieth century through photographs published from all over the world. Many buildings have been abandoned, and some have been destroyed, but they live in the archives of the architects who designed them or in old magazines. The valuable heritage collected in this way has now been collected in a published volume.
In switching from an online forum to a book, Forgotten architecture It maintains its character as a dynamic and horizontal team experience born on social networks. As editor Bianca Velicori explains, “To stay true to the principles of the group, the editorial selection of content for the central part of the book is based on the architectural categories frequently published in the group: ephemeral architecture, service stations, discos and resorts, homes and stadiums. Many texts have been written and edited by active members of the group. Facebook group, and they freely interpreted the topic of architecture. Each chapter is accompanied by a selection of projects posted on the group’s page, each with the name of the person who shared it with the Facebook group written on it.”

Much work went into preparing the book, with years of research and collecting photographic materials, documents, and drawings from professional studios, archives, and private institutions, making “forgotten architecture” reference book in its field. Divided into different chapters, we find works that are finally immortalized, even outside the Internet. Treasures include the home designed by Ettore Sottas Jr. for Arnaldo Pomodoro, which was recently photographed by the volume’s editor, Bianca Velicori, with Fabrizio Vatteri and Nicola Nunziata. The book also presents the first project of Ignazio Gardella, a great master of Italian architecture in the twentieth century, the former tuberculosis sanatorium chapel in Alessandria, immortalized by architecture photographer Gianluca Giordano during the FAI heritage days in the spring of spring. 2019.
The book is distributed by the Romanian publisher Nero Editions through a “before or never” system, which means that the volume is only available for a very short period (until June 7), making it a collector’s item, adding another layer of narrative to the fate of the forgotten buildings that tell Its story is in its pages.

Christian Burkeley

“Forgotten architecture. Archive of completed and hidden projects “sponsored by Bianca Velicori
Edited by Nero Editions
Size: 22 x 30 cm
Pages: 280
Language: IT
Year: 2022
Photos: Courtesy of Nero Editions, Gianluca Giordano

1) Philip Daniel, Arthur Mann, S. Kenneth Johnson and Irvan Mendenhall (DMJM) con Anthony J. Lumsden, Royal Comprehensive Health Center, Los Angeles (California), 1979. Image Credit: Phil Donoghue

2) Aldo Favini, Petrol Station Aquila, Sesto San Giovanni, Italy, 1949. Image Credit: Archivio Favini

3) Ken Isaacs, Beach Matrix, Westport, Connecticut, USA, 1967. Image credit: Kenneth Dale Isaac papers. Courtesy of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

4) Vittorio Giorgini, Saldarini House, Piombino (LI), 1961-1962. Image credit: Vittorio Giorgini archive

5) Ettore Sotsas Jr., home of Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, 1966-1968. Image credit: Nicola Nunziata and Fabrizio Vatteri

6) Carlo Celli, Luciano Celli, Dario Tognon, Ater Rozzol Melara Residential Complex, Trieste, 1968-1982. Image credit: Federico Torra

7) chest, may nine2017. Directed by: Francesco Lettieri. Architecture: Aldo Loris Rossi, the condominium of Piazza Grande, Naples, 1979-89. Image credit: video screenshot may nine2017

8) Sanatorium Chapel, Alessandria, Ignazio Gardella Image Credit: Gianluca Giordano

9) Sanatorium Chapel, Alessandria, Ignazio Gardella Image Credit: Gianluca Giordano