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Politecnico di Milano (2019)

Taliesin West insidescape. A con-temporary shelter through self-built architecture in the cultural landscape of Arizona desert

RUOCCO, GIAN MARCO

Titre : Taliesin West insidescape. A con-temporary shelter through self-built architecture in the cultural landscape of Arizona desert

Auteur : RUOCCO, GIAN MARCO

Université de soutenance : Politecnico di Milano

Grade : Laurea Magistrale 2019

Résumé
Man, through architecture, lives on this Earth. By carving out the territory, he chooses what are the constituent elements of his own landscape, creating an interior scenario born of his own culture, passions, and needs. Through the influence of nature, from the surrounding landscape to the celestial bodies, it also relates to its interiority, the true self. ‘[...] to the void of the century of the machine, it is necessary to react with the ineffable effusion of an environment that gently cradles and inebriates’. Taliesin West, by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a fundamental example of an architecture in which the individual qualities of the human being (habitus) merge with the ability to have the habit of a place (habere) ; only if you have the capacity to live you can build, build something that was not there before. Since its construction, it has been a model for new experiments in which art and architecture are confronted with contemporary living in a definition of architecture determined by a complex stratification of different interpretations, of occurrence in the same place and at the same time, human actions and natural actions. The opportunity to expand the contemporary definition of refuge, as an intersection between geomorphology and human construction, arose from living in the American desert : through a methodology characterized by direct experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s house traces, from the first Ocatillo desert camp to the contemporary Shelters of Taliesin West ; from the experimental laboratories of Cosanti and Arcosanti by Paolo Soleri realized with earthcasting techniques to finally arrive at the dreamlike spaces of the sky by James Turrel, in the Arizona desert. The aim of this thesis is to deepen and produce in the erratic path of man, temporary and permanent experiments, moments of different perception of themselves, thus activating an architectural-emotional network around the Wright masterpiece.

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