There are places where natural form and urban form reciprocally enhance each other. Artena has embodied such a successful con-formation, revealing the mythic image of a city embracing the hill, where Santa Croce's bell towers are the only architectural elements that detach themselves from the urban fabric to accentuate this remarkable landscape. These are modern traditional buildings, to be raised with an eager sensibility through the site, the typologies and the harmonization between architectural character and use.
As detailed by Erminio Latini the Mayor of Artena, "the study for the town of Artena, masterfully carried out by the University of Notre Dame, has provided suggestions for creating new systems and new conceptions of public and residential building involving high-quality craftsmanship. It is a stimulus to revise certain technical and building criteria as well as the selection of spaces. It is quite clear that most of the planning for public and private works is now based on quick profits, whether in a political or an economic sense.”
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SAMIR YOUNÉS is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Now also the Director of the Rome Studies Program, Younés taught at the Catholic University of America from 1986 until 1991 when he joined the Notre Dame faculty. He also taught at the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture and lectured and reviewed student work at the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Miami and Maryland. His projects and essays on architecture and aesthetics have appeared in publications including Architectural Design, Archi e Colonne and American Arts Quarterly. He is the author of “The True, the Fictive and the Real” and “Quatremère de Quincy’s Historical Dictionary of Architecture” and member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, which makes recommendations on national architecture issues and is composed of seven superintendents of the major regions and museums in Italy and five foreign scholars.
ETTORE MARIA MAZZOLA is an author of many books, essays and articles regards architecture and urbanism published in Italy. He graduated in architecture at The Università di Roma “La Sapienza” and he is qualified as architect at the Università Federico II in Naples. He’s an architect expert of restoration and urban-architectural design. Currently, he teaches Urbanism and Architecture of Ancient and Modern Rome and Studio Design at the Rome Program of the University of Notre Dame.
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