#USI25 - Architecture which Teaches
From Thursday May 13, 2021 until Friday December 24, 2021 will be on display, in the Gallery on the first floor of the Teatro dell'architettura Mendrisio, the exhibition “Architecture which Teaches”, promoted as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Università della Svizzera italiana.
The Academy of Architecture was founded in Mendrisio in 1996, as part of the Università della Svizzera italiana. The School was created on the basis of the project developed to a political commission by the architect Mario Botta, who involved a small group of scholars and architects, with the support of State Councillor Giuseppe Buffi, who was responsible for education in the years 1986-2000, and the mayor of Mendrisio, Carlo Croci. Its profile distinguished it sharply from the traditional polytechnics and architecture schools that already existed in Switzerland. Its intended cultural and educational purpose was inspired by the strong imprint of the humanities, understood as a new synthesis between technical knowledge, the human and social sciences, practical skills and critical and historical thinking.
Today the Academy of Architecture is internationally recognized and, with over 800 students enrolled and lecturers from 40 different nationalities, has become a unique center of cultural exchange in the Swiss and European context.
The exhibition “Architecture which Teaches” is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Academy and to the school's teaching activities. The title plays on the two meanings that the Academy of USI is a School where a new disciplinary approach in architecture, urban studies and landscape design and history of arts is taught, but where the teaching is also intended to guide and significantly influence the architecture of the future. The exhibition shows how the Academy of Architecture's teaching and cultural production has evolved from its beginnings to the present day through images, videos, publications and architectural models.
During the exhibition period, the book “Tracce di una scuola. Accademia di architettura a Mendrisio, 1996-2021”, by Mario Botta,will be on sale at the Teatro dell'architettura Mendrisio.
Mendrisio Academy Press – Electa, Mendrisio-Milano 2021
416 pp., italian