Wittgenstein’s Ladder: The Non-Operational Value of History in Architecture

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Based on a re-assessment of Vittorio Gregotti’s notion of history as the terrain for design, in relationship with Manfredo Tafuri’s position, the debate on theory, and the legacy of Ernesto Nathan Rogers, I propose a new paradigm for an architecture of culture. Drawing also from relevant contemporary practices, where one can see the narrative for architectural projects at work, the argument aims to help the profession and academia foster an approach that pursues architecture as a cultural production.

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