City and Archaeology


“City and Archaeology” research line focuses on the following main topics:

– New and Antique: composition techniques of design for the archaeological heritage;
– Archaeological sites in the contemporary city and landscape.

Carried out in constant comparison with historical disciplines, its objective is to define methodologies and techniques aimed at conferring meaning and recognisability to the archaeological heritage, as well as at protecting and enhancing it in the contest of our cities and territories.
On the one hand, this research focuses on the ‘formal’ potential of ruin, grasping as its evocative value with respect to the ancient form of which it is a fragment as the possibility of a renewal of meaning, also through the establishment of unprecedented relationships with other forms. Its objective is the identification and critical reading of the main theories and techniques of the project for the Antique which have interpreted the condition of incompleteness of the ruin as a ‘resource’ for its re-construction.
On the other hand, it finds its declination by recognizing the layered condition of Mediterranean cities and landscapes as an essential character of their form, made evident by the presence of archaeological ruins. The places which host the ruin, connoted as palimpsests, cannot be traced back to a single formal paradigm, but rather have seen different interpretations of the same theme or different formal themes overlapping over time, sometimes even in a conflicting or contradictory way. The aim of this research line, therefore, is to identify theories and techniques that assume the layered condition of these places as a ‘value’ for the project, in order to establish a ‘new’ order, reachable through the definition of a renewed dialectic unity between the parts and the constitutive elements of our cities and territories.