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Second Skin


Second Skin

DOMUS ACADEMY, Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design, 2015/16

with: Manfredo Robilant, Elisa Poli; for: Dott.Gallina SpA

Sitte in the suburb.

The central role of the façade as an element of architecture has been a paradigm
from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. In the first decades
of the 20th century the promoters of “new architecture” criticized this paradigm as a relic of an aestheticizing vision of architecture, unfit to respond to the urgent demands of Modernity. By converse, the emergence of sustainability as an urgent demand
to architecture is bringing the façade back to a prominent role, which is bounded to utilitarian reasons rather than to ambitions of symbolical representation