The Inhabited Pathway

The Built Work of Alberto Ponis in Sardinia

Edited by Sebastiano Brandolini

The Inhabited Pathway

Edited by Sebastiano Brandolini

Distributed for Park Books

With Essays by Sebastiano Brandolini, Mioara Mugur-Schächter, Alberto Ponis, and Jonathan Sergison

240 pages | 101 color plates, 239 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2014
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9783906027494 Published February 2015 Not for sale in the UK, Europe, China, and Hong Kong
Alberto Ponis was born in Genoa in 1933 and studied at Florence University, where he qualified as an architect in 1960. In the early 1960s he worked in London with Erno Goldfinger and Denys Lasdun, where he came under the strong—and lasting—influence of the then-dominant modernist and brutalist movements. In 1964, he established his own studio, Ponis, on the island of Sardinia, and in the half-century since then he has built a remarkable number of private and public buildings.

This beautifully produced volume is the first comprehensive monograph on this highly interesting and original, yet little-known, architect. It documents his biography, education, and training, then delves into his extensive research on Sardinia—which focused in particular on the typical housing types of the island’s rural areas. Detailed examinations of eight selected buildings created between 1965 and 1998 enable us to trace the evolution of Ponis’s work and philosophy, while a concluding essay offers thoughts on the essence of his architecture.

Preface – Mioara Mugur-Schächter

Part 1 - Biography

                Two Windows 1933 to 1952

                Bauhaus in Miniatura 1933 to 1952

                Florenz 1953 to 1959

                London 1960 to 1964

                Palau 1963

                After Palau 1964

                First Home and Office 1964 to 1974

Part 2 – Early Projects

                Casa Altura 1966

                Casa Margi 1966

                Casa Schild 1965

                Casa Martinez 1965

Part 3 – Sardina Research

                The Spirit

                The Space

                The Space of Time

                The Wind

                The Granit

                The Stazzo

                The Bushes

                The Color

                The first Cell

                The Sign of man

                The grouth of stazzo

                The Fortresses

Part 4 – Eight Houses

                Yacht Club

                Casa Bak

                Casa Hartley

                Casa Yasmin

                Casa Ivan

                Casa Scalescani

                Casa Schachter

                Casa Gostner

Part 5 – Thought and Form

                Ragnatela as built Fessura

Essay – Jonathan Sergison


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