Leonardo Ricci in the United States (1952-1972). A twenty-year American transfer as a turning experience in teaching and design.

Cattabriga, Ilaria (2021) Leonardo Ricci in the United States (1952-1972). A twenty-year American transfer as a turning experience in teaching and design., [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Architettura e culture del progetto, 33 Ciclo.
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Abstract

The research solved the historiographic lacuna about Leonardo Ricci’s work in the United States focusing on the span 1952-1972 as a fundamental period for the architect's research, which moved from the project for the community space to macrostructures. The considered period is comprised between Ricci’s first travel to the United States and the date of his resignation from the University of Florida, one year before his resignation from the deanship of the faculty of architecture of Florence (1973). The research retraced philologically the stages of Ricci’s activity in the U.S.A. unveiling the premises and results of his American transfer, and to what extent it marked a turning period for his work as educator and designer and for the wider historiographic contest of the Sixties. The American transfer helped him grounding his belief in avoiding a priori morphological results in favor of what he called the “form-act” design method. Ricci’s research in the U.S.A. is described in his books Anonymous (XX century) and City of the Earth (unpublished). In them and in Ricci’s projects one common thread is traceable: the application of the “form-act” as the best tool to conceive urban design, a discipline established in the United States during Ricci’s first stay at M.I.T., in which he encountered the balance point between architecture and urban planning, between the architect’s sign and his being anonymous, between the collective and the individual dimension. With the notions of “anonymous architecture” and “form-act”, Urban Design and “open work” are the key words to understand Ricci’s work in the United States and in Italy. Urban design’s main goal to design the city as a collective work of art was the solution of that dychothomous research that enlivened Ricci’s work and one possible answer to that tension useful for him to seek the truth of architecture.

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Tipologia del documento
Tesi di dottorato
Autore
Cattabriga, Ilaria
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Co-supervisore
Dottorato di ricerca
Ciclo
33
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Parole chiave
Leonardo Ricci, form-act, anonymous, future city, Urban Design, Visual Design, open work, City of the Earth, macrostructure, transfer, integrated town, community, educational reform, existential architecture, organic architecture, plural urbanism, 1968
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Data di discussione
28 Maggio 2021
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