Technoscape. The Architecture of Engineers

edited by Maristella Casciato and Pippo Ciorra
essays by Maristella Casciato, Pippo Ciorra, Lucia Allais, José Aragüez, Barry Bergdoll, Cristiana Chiorino and Mario Alberto Chiorino, Jean – Louis Cohen, Patricio del Real, Anat Falbel, TulliaIori, Seng Kuan, Luca di Lorenzo Latini, Gina Morrow, Mohsen Mostafavi, Sarah Nichols, Guy Nordenson, Antoine Picon, Nina Rappaport.
bilingual edition in Italian and English
Forma edizioni, Florence 2022
304 pages
28×24 cm

Published on the occasion of the exhibition at MAXXI, the book traces the history of structural engineering and technological innovation from the post-World War II period to the present day, focusing on a few key examples – the masterpieces that redesign contemporary metropolises and projects realised in faraway places that have become famous for their experimental charge. The book is constructed like an atlas, a handbook with voices and contributions from international critics addressing different themes: the curators’ essays delving into the exhibition are combined with technical studies on materials and patents and a historical overview with more general texts. An important role is played by the iconographic apparatus: author’s photographs, newspaper clippings, documents and archive images compose a multifaceted panorama of contemporary engineering history. The volume ends with a section devoted to universities, seven international centres engaged in individual research projects representing their most innovative work perspectives.