On Measures and Circumstances

There are many reasons why one should often speak with Francesco Dal Co. First of all, Francesco Dal Co is one of the most penetrating and multifaceted historians of architecture. His research interests developed in the early 1970s, when he was at the well-known Architectural History Institute at the IUAV University of Venice. His research has focused on a number of people who significantly influenced the 20th century, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Hannes Meyer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry, not to mention his pioneering research on Carlo Scarpa and his role in the historicising of Italian 20th century architecture.

The fundamental trait of the activities carried out at the Piran conferences, from the Piranesi Award to the Piranesi Magazine, which, in my view, is one of the best European magazines, has consciously been – very much thanks to Vojteh – the promotion of measure as a trait to favour when practising architecture.

The university only makes sense if it teaches you that you are expected to choose. Yet, its current function is the diametric opposite, as can be inferred from all of the circular and formal letters I have been receiving.


The complete interview is published in Spring 2012 issue of Piranesi No. 30/Vol. 20.
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