on line since 2012, is mainly dedicated to architecture and urbanism. It is not a site conceived only for
specialists, but for anyone interested in architecture.
For example, two masters of modern architecture like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, were not graduates. Otherwise looking at the distant past, the
Roman emperor Hadrian, the director of two masterpieces of all time such as the Pantheon in Rome and Villa Adriana near Tivoli, not even he was qualify himself as "graduate in architecture". Not to mention the architectures without architects that dot the
world: from the trulli of Alberobello in Italy to the tulou in China,
from the French cathedral builders in early second millennium up to the oasis of Sahara in the
last millennia. Until to get to one of the oldest rights of the world: that of building your home yourself. But this does not mean that anyone can improvise as an architect, especially in our day, in
the age of specialism, cloning and absolute conformism.
Second, there is an EXTRA CONTENTS
dedicated to multidisciplinary themes. More: this is a professional and
personal website, with cultural purposes. Here is not propagandized any
doctrine, nor any final truth. Of course I advertise my projects, ideas
and opinions in terms of architecture.
WHAT IS A SYSTEMIC HABITAT?
The principles of Systemic Architectures
and Constructions are exposed in my free eBook entitled "Toward A Different Habitat: 36 Projects of Luigi Pellegrin Architect", in Italian, at the moment available in English only the Introduction. The Introduction is available also in Italian, in German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and more languages.
However, in short, the basic assumption
is that nature is systemic. It's still valid that nature is the best teacher, without for this reason divinizing it. All this beyond the
form that an architecture or a building can take, because, as is well known, the forms are unlimited.
IN OUR TIMES
the common opinion is that
architecture is something more, a kind of ornament, the superfluous for rich people. This is a big strategic error. On the opposite many past civilizations have lasted for a long time exactly because these civilizations have recognized
the fundamental and organic function of architecture in the society. Here it is proposed to follow the way of systemic habitats and long-term strategies.
Systemic Habitats' principles will be
emulated in the future, this will be one more step towards liberation from current building practice, given by inhuman piece's logic, the sum that is never a sum, which results in
the anonymous modern cities: “the old pie crust”, as rightly Frank Lloyd Wright called them, more or less.
The name for the theme we are dealing with here is
not random. Habitats indicates the spaces of living, the places where people live and carry out their
activities; from the basic living cell, to the architectural organism,
up to the urban and territorial scale. While the
adjective Systemic indicates that the components of a given architecture or construction make system with each other.
No, because the evolution of a project
is never linear. It has no limits, it is not predictable. Two, three good ideas and you can create a world, a new dimension for people. It's wasted time to enunciate a recipe ready to use for any
occasion, or formulate a program, or define an algorithm. Therefore, here and in my e-book we rather indicate a direction, a method among the many possible and not "the method". Examples are given by realized
and unrealized projects. In other words, architectural research cannot be channelled and limited by theorizing of any kind.
The history of architecture and urban
planning shows how long any formalism last: not for long, having been born old, an example: the Postmodernism. Time before the postmodernist formalism, one master of modern architecture like Le
Corbusier, about his famous Modulor, a system of architectural proportioning he conceived and based on human
dimensions, it seems to have said paradoxically: “Le Modulor? Je m'en fiche! Quand cela ne fonctionne pas, il ne doit pas être appliqué." The Modulor? I don’t care! When it doesn't work, it shouldn't be applied. In other words his clear rejection of any
formalism. So it's a matter to define an architectural language for contemporary life. It's a question of raising the qualitative level of common building
THIS IS POSSIBLE
only by following the high road of
continuous architectural research. Since we are always talking about organic
architecture. There are no shortcuts.
We stop here, at the doors of a future unknown to