Interpreting Specialised Buildings

Gian Luigi Maffei, Mattia Maffei, Nicola Marzot (Editor)

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This manual deals with the vast category of specialised buildings that, stemming from basic structures, have gradually reached a whole new level of “intentionality” and “critical consciousness”. As happened with basic buildings, the operational architectural knowledge method we hereby suggest leads to the creation of a multi-layered analysis framework. Indeed, the observation and interpretation of building elements determines the shape, structure and purpose of public buildings. The aim was to create a manual enabling the understanding of specialised buildings following a “processual-typology” methodology. Better understanding of the evolution of a cultural area’s anthropic elements is an architect’s basic tool for an ethical, landscape-friendly approach to design.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFirenze
PublisherAltralinea Edizioni
Number of pages328
ISBN (Print)978-88-94869-08-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Curatorship, introduction and critical glossary by Nicola Marzot.


  • Urban morphology
  • building typology


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