TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design
Essays and Viewpoint

The architects of the other materialism

Filippo Bricolo
Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design

Published 2018-05-17


  • Materiality,
  • Tradition,
  • Innovation,
  • Identity

How to Cite

Bricolo, F. (2018). The architects of the other materialism. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, 16, 79–85.


The secular bond between materiality and meaning in architecture has undergone, during the twentieth-century phase of productivistic optimism, a strong weakening. Starting from the analysis of some masterpieces, created by architects not aligned with Modernist orthodoxy, the paper seeks out the need to mend the relationship between materiality and sense.


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