New Building in Old Cities: Writings by Gustavo Giovannoni on Architectural and Urban Conservation
Available July 2024
Edited by Steven W. Semes, FrancescoSiravo, and Jeff Cody;translated by Steven W. Semes
The highly influential writings by an important early advocate for the conservation of historic cities are made available for the first time in English.
The Italian architect, historian, and restorer GustavoGiovannoni (1873–1947) was akey figure inthe fields of architecture, urbanism, and conservation during the firsthalf of the twentiethcentury. A traditionalist largely neglected by the proponentsof modernist architecture followingWorld War II, he remains little known internationally.His writings, however, until nowunavailable in English, represent a significantstep toward the full appreciation of the historic city, and his insights aredirectly relevant today to the protection of historic resources in urban contextsworldwide.
This abundantly illustrated critical anthology is a representative sample ofGiovannoni’sseminaltexts related to the appreciation, understanding, and planningof historic cities. The thirtyreadings, which appear with their original illustrations,are grouped thematically into six partsorganized around key concepts inGiovannoni’s conservation theory—urban building, respect for the setting or context,a thinning out of the urban fabric, conservation and restoration treatments,the grafting of the new upon the old, and reconstruction. Each part is preceded byan introduction, and each individual reading is prefaced by succinct remarksexplaining the rationale for its selection and the principal matters covered. Sixplate sections further illustrate the readings’ main concepts and themes.
Steven W. Semes, a practicingarchitect, is professor at theUniversity of Notre Dame Schoolof Architecture and director ofits graduate program in historicpreservation. Francesco Siravois anItalian architect specializingin town planning and historic preservation.Jeff Cody is an architecturalhistorian with a background inhistoric preservation planning.He was a senior project specialistat the Getty Conservation Institute from 2004 to 2022.
408 pages 7 × 10 inches 63 color and 94 b/w illustrations ISBN 978-1-60606-875-5 paperback
Getty Publications Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute
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