Forgotten Architecture of the Internet to a Book

The fascination of works of architecture off the radar of major architecture magazines, the exploration of territories in search of hidden treasures, constructions long forgotten, are themes that have always interested Livegreenblog. Last week we went to the Triennale for the book launch “Forgotten architecture. An archivio di progetti compiuti e scomparsi” (“Forgotten Architecture. An Archive of Built Projects That Have Disappeared”) curated by architect Bianca Felico and published by Nero Editions.
The editorial project is the legacy of Forgotten Architecture, a virtual group experience that started on Facebook in May 2019. As we can read on the group’s page: “The idea is simple: to recover projects by unknown and unknown architects, works that have remained in the shadow of the great masters, to question “small figures”, and to cross different horizons in the history of architecture. to complete the university course of the students. It is a collective experience that goes beyond the purely architectural framework, a virtual world populated by more than 27,000 members from various professional backgrounds”.

The group makes it possible to discover rare treasures of 20th century architecture through images posted from all over the world. Many buildings have been abandoned, and some have even been destroyed, but live in the archives of the architects who designed them or in old magazines. The precious heritage thus collected is now collected in a published volume.
In transforming an online forum into a book, Forgotten architecture retains its character as a dynamic and horizontal collective experience born on social networks. As editor-in-chief Bianca Felicori explains, “To remain faithful to the principles of the group, the editorial choice of the content of the central part of the book is based on the architectural categories most frequently published in the group: ephemeral architecture, service stations, discotheques and resorts, dwellings and playgrounds. Many texts were written and edited by active members of the Facebook group, freely interpreting the theme of architecture. Each chapter is accompanied by a selection of projects published on the group’s page, each one being captioned with the name of the person who shared it on the Facebook group.

Much work has gone into the preparation of the book, with years of research and collection of photographic material, documents and drawings from professional studios, private archives and institutions, making “Forgotten Architecture” a reference book in his domain. Divided into different chapters, we find works finally immortalized, even off the internet. Among the treasures is the house designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr. for Arnaldo Pomodoro, recently photographed by the volume’s editor, Bianca Felicori, with Fabrizio Vatieri and Nicola Nunziata. The book also presents the first project of Ignazio Gardella, great master of Italian architecture of the 20th century, namely the church of the former tuberculosis sanatorium of Alessandria, immortalized by the architectural photographer Gianluca Giordano during the FAI Heritage Days in spring 2019.
The book is distributed by the Roman publisher Nero Editions through the “before or never” system, which means that the volume is only available for a very short period (until June 7), which makes it an object collection, adding another layer of narrative to the fate of the forgotten buildings whose story is told within its pages.

Christiane Burklein

“Forgotten architecture. Un archivio di progetti compiuti e scomparsi” curated by Bianca Felicori
Edited by nero editions
Size: 22 x 30 cm
Pages: 280
Language: IT
Year: 2022
Images: Courtesy of Nero Editions, Gianluca Giordano

1) Phillip Daniel, Arthur Mann, S. Kenneth Johnson and Irvan Mendenhall (DMJM) with Anthony J. Lumsden, Roybal Comprehensive Health Center, Los Angeles, California, 1979. Image credit: Phil Donohue

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

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

4) Vittorio Giorgini, Casa Saldarini, Piombino (LI), 1961-62. Image credit: Archivio Vittorio Giorgini

5) Ettore Sottsass Jr., Casa per Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, 1966-1968. Image credit: Nicola Nunziata and Fabrizio Vatieri

6) Carlo Celli, Luciano Celli, Dario Tognon, ATER Rozzol Melara residential complex, Trieste, 1968-82. Image credit: Federico Torra

7) Released, NEW MAGIC2017. Director: Francesco Lettieri. Architect: Aldo Loris Rossi, Complesso residential di Piazza Grande, Naples, 1979-89. Image credit: video screenshot NEW MAGIC2017

8) Chiesa del Sanatorio, Alessandria, Ignazio Gardella, Image credit: Gianluca Giordano

9) Chiesa del Sanatorio, Alessandria, Ignazio Gardella, Image credit: Gianluca Giordano

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