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Nature Through the mirror

Nature Through the mirror

Autori Elisa C. Cattaneo
Editore Maggioli Editore
Formato Cartaceo
Dimensione 16x22
Pagine 188
Pubblicazione Aprile 2016 (I Edizione)
ISBN / EAN 8891615282 / 9788891615282

Technonatural experiments

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“Now, if you’ll only attend, Kitty, and not talk so much, I’ll tell you all my ideas about Looking-glass House.
First, there’s the room you can see through the glass that’s just the same as our drawing room, only the things go the other way. 

I can see all of it when I get upon a chair all but the bit behind the fireplace. Oh! I do so wish I could see that bit ...Well then, the books are something like our books, only the words go the wrong way; I know that, because I’ve held up one of our books to the glass, and then they hold up one in the other room.
“How would you like to live in Looking-glass House, Kitty? I wonder if they’d give you milk in there?
Perhaps Looking-glass milk isn’t good to drink. But oh, Kitty!

Now we come to the passage.  You can just see a little peep of the passage in Looking-glass House, if you leave the door of our drawing-room wide open: and it’s very like our passage as far as you can see, only you know it may be quite different on beyond. Oh, Kitty!

How nice it would be if we could only get through into Looking-glass House!
I’m sure it’s got, oh! such beautiful things in it! Let’s pretend there’s a way of getting through into it, somehow, Kitty.
Let’s pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through.
Why, it’s turning into a sort of mist now, I declare! It’ll be easy enough to get through”.

She was up on the chimney-piece while she said this, though she hardly knew how she had got there.
And certainly the glass was beginning to melt away, just like a bright silvery mist.

L. Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1871


“This book is like an assemblage of experimental scientific results. A collection of outcomes of a procedure achieved in vitro during the intensive course of Landscape Design I taught at the Politecnico di Milano in the 2015-2016 academic year.
The attempt has been to propose a renewal of the discipline that arises primarily from a conceptual experiment, and afterward as a formal result. So that an elemental process in science (observation of the object, scanning it in the laboratory, processing the outcome of the scan) will result in a new spatial modeling”.

Elisa C. Cattaneo
Graham Foundation Grant Recipient in 2014, She is Adjunct Professor of Landscape Design and Architectural and Urban Design at the Politecnico  di  Milano. She researches experimental ecological urbanism and its theoretical implications.
In 2015 she is selected and invited candidate for the WheelWright Prize, award of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, the research grant that is awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work inside the international panorama of Design.
In 2004, after a degree cum laude in Architecture and Urban Planning, she attended the European Master in Strategic Planning for the Architectural, Urban and Environmental Resources. In 2009, she completed a PhD with Merit in Architectural and Urban Design, defending the thesis Void Density:  a Relational Approach for Urban Design. In 2010, she was Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developing the research project: Space, Place, Context, Landscape: the Hermeneutical Circle US-Europe since 1956. In 2011-2012, she was Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, developing the research project: WeakCity: Notes on Landscape Urbanism.
She is founder and director of an independent research agency Weakcircus, active in studies, research, and project development in contemporary urbanism within the Theory of Weakness.
She is co-founder and co-director of B.L.U.E. (Building Ecological and Landscape Urbanism), platform of research on landscape as new strategy for contemporary cities.
Since 2002, she has been the principal of her firm, active in public projects and international competitions.

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