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The Particolareggiamento in the Narration of Architecture

Marco Frascari
Journal of Architectural Education (1984-)
Vol. 43, No. 1 (Autumn, 1989), pp. 3-12
DOI: 10.2307/1424981
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1424981
Page Count: 10
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The Particolareggiamento in the Narration of Architecture
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Abstract

This article analyzes the question of architectural quality from the point of view of the art of architectural detailing as a proper way for enhancing architectural imagination, that is fantasy. Discussing the role of myth and secularization of architecture, the question is framed using a sequence of editorials by Vittorio Gregotti. Probing into the question of fantasy is then developed using as the pivotal factor the work of Antonio Conti, an 18th century Venetian philosopher. Like his friend Carlo Lodoli, an influential architectural theoretician, Conti sees the role of detailing fundamental for architectural imagination. The exercise of detailing is a retrospective re-invention of the real, i.e. is the union of construction and reason in a fantasy. The results are non-trivial architectural artifacts. Retrospective construing, through selection and manipulation of elements of the real, produces in future users a reconstruction of evident and non-evident connections with the physical and cultural context of the everyday environment.

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