Moleskine, Giancarlo De Carlo, Moleskine, Milan 2012 (pp. 144)
This article was originally published in Domus 966 / February 2013
How are we to understand the relationship between "intimacy" and the architect, and furthermore interpret an intimate story of discursive and historical positioning?
When studying an architect, we are rarely satisfied merely with the object or production of their thoughts; neither can we rely only on broad analyses of socio-economic and constructional transformations. To see how an individual architect really develops his or her own notion of design, we long to see their notes, writings, sketches and drawings, to read of their interactions with other architects, and to see how they spatialise their own reality. The desire for this intimate view can be seen in different manifestations in two books about Alison and Peter Smithson and Giancarlo De Carlo, who stand among the architectural figureheads of the 20th century.
Both publications, I would propose, are projections of a moving past and future