Mantua, City of Water between History and the Present

  • Pierfranco Galliani Polytechnic of Milano
  • Cassandra Cozza Polytechnic of Milano
Keywords: Mantua, city of water, critical continuity

Abstract

Ever since the Middle Ages, the relation between nature and architecture has characterised Mantua’s environmental situation and urban form. The artificial formation of the lakes transformed the city into a peninsula and placed it in the state of a comprehensive artefact whose complexity had to be considered in the case of every new intervention. Water is the limen of the city’s essence: the boundary separating it from the countryside and a defensive barrier; a threshold between nature and artifice by means of embankment-bridges; and a medium of the fluvial interchange. Some design experimentations delineate the principles of a critical continuity in which renewal means belonging to the stratification of the history of the places.

Author Biographies

Pierfranco Galliani, Polytechnic of Milano

Architect, he is Full Professor and Professor of Architectural and Urban Composition since 1994. He is the Coordinator of the Architectural Design Section of the Department Dastu, Professor of the Doctorate in Architectural and Interior Design, and of the School of Specialization in Architectural Heritage and Landscape.
E-mail: pierfranco.galliani@polimi.it

Cassandra Cozza, Polytechnic of Milano

Architect and Research Fellow at the Dastu Department, she received her PhD in Architectural and Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano, where she coordinates the Architectural Design Studio 2 course at the AUIC School.
E-mail: cassandra.cozza@polimi.it

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Progetto Ponte di San Giorgio, 2014 (credit: M. Camponogara, S. Farina, G. Ferriero, Q. Lu, M. Mirsafay Moqaddam, S. Sabkova)
Published
2017-12-30
How to Cite
Galliani, P. and Cozza, C. (2017) “Mantua, City of Water between History and the Present”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 2(online), pp. 101-108. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/2142017.
Section
Architecture
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