White Architecture: Contemporary Poetics

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Paolo De Marco

"White Architecture: Contemporary Poetics" by Paolo de Marco is a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the color white in contemporary architecture. 

The book addresses the relationship between white and architecture, exploring its historical, cultural, and mythological roots, as well as its poetic and scientific aspects. Through a series of dialogues with renowned architects such as Alberto Campo Baeza, Álvaro Siza, Manuel Aires Mateus, Elisa Valero, and Fran Silvestre, among others, the author enriches his analysis with the experiences and visions of professionals who have used white in their works.

Focusing on the architectural culture of Spain, Portugal, and Italy, but expanding towards a global horizon, this work demonstrates that white is not a symbol of homogenization, but a common element that connects diverse experiences in contemporaneity. This book is an essential read for those interested in understanding the importance and complexity of white in modern architecture.

This work provides a unique and objective perspective on the impact and evolution of white in contemporary architecture. Delving into the creative minds of the most influential architects and examining their approaches and techniques, "White Architecture" offers a valuable contribution to the study of architectural design and the role of color in this field. This book is an essential read for those interested in understanding the importance and complexity of white in modern architecture.

152 Pages
17 x 24 cm
ISBN: 978-84-17753-50-4




1. Tradition and myth of the color white

2. White color in 20th century architecture
2.1 Continuity of the Modern and Architecture without architects
2.2 Italy
2.3 Portugal
2.4 Spain
2.5 Other experiences

3. White color in contemporary architecture
3.1 Between international diffusion and regionalism
3.2 Portuguese condition
3.3 Spanish condition
3.4 Italian condition
3.5 Global condition

4. A possible poetics


Conversations about white

Adalberto Dias, A way of thinking
Alberto Campo Baeza, A certain desire for eternity
Álvaro Siza Vieira, Simplicity is not an aesthetic option
Antonino Margagliotta, The ideals of white
Bruno Messina, Architecture is what remains
Carlos Ferrater, Light and syntax
Carlos Salazar, Landscape and space
Elisa Valero Ramos, White is the color
Emanuele Fidone, Color and material
Fran Silvestre, Conflicting ideas
Giovanni Francesco Tuzzolino, The meaning of things
José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira, Molding matter
Juan Domingo Santos, Continuity and tradition
Manuel Aires Mateus, Monomateriality
Sandro Raffone, Building without adjectives

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