The contributions presented at the study day held in Empoli in May 2006 – now collected in book form – are intended to provide a contribution to the debate on the relations between the teaching of history of architecture, design and historiography. Each essay addresses a specific issue, proposing an analysis and valorisation of the sources (documents, images, diaries etc.) and the resources available for research, representation and design. Taken as a whole, the collective work aims at defining a history of architecture focused on a knowledge and understanding of how, at different times and in different places, man has interacted with the geographical or environmental context to organise the physical space. A history of architecture in seamless relation with that of the city and the territory. A history of architecture that posits itself as an essential component in the design culture of architects and town planners, fostering a mode of intervention generated by a profound knowledge of the complex realities in which it takes shape.
University of Florence, Italy