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The Architecture of Public Space

A heavily illustrated chronicle of architectural research into the public spaces of Italy’s historic towns and cities.
This new book by Labics, one of Italy’s leading architectural firms, is devoted to the country’s architecture of public space. Squares, galleries, loggias, porticoes, and courtyards are the elements that characterize Italy’s historic towns and cities—and that make the experience of these public spaces intense and attractive. Labics sets out to explore these enchanting spaces, to analyze their history and typologies, and to document and describe them through newly produced photographs, plans, and diagrams. They offer a taxonomy of solutions that, as a whole, forms a timeless theory for the design of public spaces.
The Architecture of Public Space forms a captivating collection of image material that visually decodes the characteristic core elements of Italian architecture and specifies their role in the definition of public space. The beautiful volume highlights the architectural solutions from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries that produce the particular spatial quality of these urban structures and sets out how they were originally established for and are continuing to be used by the people.

476 pages | 120 color plates, 182 halftones, 78 line | 9 x 12 1/4

Architecture: European Architecture, History of Architecture


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