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Cersaie 2010: Conferences and Seminars
The problem of surface coverings and the use of ceramics in modern architecture

Friday 01 October - 4.00 p.m.
Galleria dell'Architettura

As early as the mid nineteenth century, one of the greatest theorists of modern architecture, Gottfried Semper, argued that the surface covering is the essential aspect of any construction and the fundamental problem for every contemporary designer. Semper devoted particular attention to ceramics and their colour characteristics, reaching conclusions that appear to foreshadow modern-day projects such as the St Giles complex in London by Renzo Piano (2010). Since the nineteenth century, ceramics have been studied and used by eminent architects in the most varied ways for their formal and functional characteristics, as demonstrated for example by the works of Otto Wagner, Antoni Gaudí, Auguste Perret and, in contemporary times, by Renzo Piano or Sauerbruch and Hutton. So by retracing the history of the use of ceramic coverings we can get to know various masterpieces of modern architecture.


Francesco Dal Co More

Francesco Dal Co

Architect and Professor of history of architecture, IUAV Venice
Biographical notes
Professor, History of Architecture, School of Architecture, Yale University (1982-1991)
Professor, History of Architecture, Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera Italiana since 1996
Director, Department of History of Architecture, IUAV (1995-2003)
Director, Architecture Section, Venice Biennale (1988-1991)
Editor of magazine Casabella (1996-)
Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC Scholar, Center for Advanced Study, Getty Center, Los Angeles Member of the Accademia di San Luca.
He is or has been a member of the editorial committees of various specialist international magazines.
He founded the “Andrea Palladio” architecture award.
He has been on the jury of numerous national and international architecture competitions.
Since 1981 he has directed the architecture section of the Electa publishing house in Milan.

Alessandro Anselmi More

Alessandro Anselmi

Biographical notes
History, context and a contemporary image are the key aspects of the architecture of Alessandro Anselmi, whose work has made a vital contribution to recent Italian architecture. He was one of the founders (1962) and promoters of GRAU (Gruppo Romano Architetti Urbanisti) and is a contributor to Controspazio. Some of his most important projects include the Cemetery of Parabita (LE), the town hall in Rezé-les-Nantes, the town hall of Fiumicino, the Palazzo dei Congressi di Riccione and the Church of San Pio da Pietrelcina in Rome.
His works have been featured in a number of monographs and books and in leading trade magazines.
Anselmi also lectures and is professor of Architectural Composition at the Faculty of Architecture of Roma Tre University. In 1999 he received the President of the Republic Award for Architecture.
Anselmi is a National Academic at the Academy of San Luca.


Video interview

Francesco Dal Co
Alessandro Anselmi