Call for Papers | Carlo Fontana (1638–1714), A Celebrated Architect

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 4, 2013

Carlo Fontana (1638–1714), A Celebrated Architect
Palazzo Carpegna, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Rome, 22–23 October 2014

Proposals due by 15 February 2014

The conference is dedicated to the architect Carlo Fontana (Rancate 1638 – Roma 1714) on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his death. The protagonist of Roman architecture as the Baroque was waning, Fontana—descending from a famous dynasty of Ticinese architects—organized the teaching and the practice of architecture based on the exercise of drawing and geometry. His workshop thus prefigured modern design studios. The propagandistic usage of graphic sheets and printed volumes illustrating and diffusing Fontana’s works and ideas constituted yet another factor of his modernity. In fact, Fontana understood perfectly the dimension of intellectual and creative freedom of print, liberating himself from a dependence on patrons and from morphological and typological conventions of his time.

The projects of Carlo Fontana range from artifacts of domestic use, interiors, civil, religious and military architecture to the most challenging urban and territorial infrastructures (ports, aqueducts, grain warehouses, etc.). These design and entrepreneurial features are comparable, then, to the great architectural studios of the 19th and 20th century, confirming Fontana’s actuality. Such an innovative organization of his workshop attracted students from all over Europe: Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Nicodemus Tessin, Lucas von Hildebrandt, Filippo Juvarra, Francesco Specchi, and James Gibbs, to name a few. In Fontana’s studio, students could learn innovative typologies, modern and experimental techniques, at the same time measuring themselves up to the great Roman construction tradition, both ancient and modern. Their direct contact with monuments was favored by the works Fontana executed on antique buildings to make them fit for new usages and new representations.

Proposals should thus encompass and explore, but by no means be limited to, the above mentioned aspect always bearing in mind the cosmopolite and European horizon that characterizes the production, the teaching and the thought of architect Carlo Fontana. Abstracts (3000 characters with spaces) together with a short CV (500 characters with spaces) containing principal publications, should be sent by e-mail with the subject CFP-Fontana before 15 February 2014 to Giuseppe Bonaccorso at the following addresses: convegnofontana2014@gmail.com; bonaccorso@ing.uniroma2.it.

Languages: Italian and English

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