This previously unpublished work is essential reading for anyone who has followed Marco Frascari’s scholarship and teachings over the last three decades. It also provides the perfect introduction for anyone new to his writings. As ever, Frascari does not offer prescriptive tools and frameworks to enact his theories of drawing and imagination; instead, he teaches how to build one’s own through individual practice. An illuminating introduction places the text in a wider context, providing the reader with a fascinating and important context and understanding to this posthumous work. Frascari's sketchbooks are reproduced faithfully in full colour to provide the reader with a remarkable insight into the design process of this influential mind.
'This book presents the architect, scholar and teacher, Marco Frascari’s offering to architecture. It achieves a rare unity of theory with design exploration and project design in both text and image. Beginning students will receive a comprehensive view of what design entails and advanced architects will enjoy following the paths traced out by his winged compass, the golden instrument of Frascari’s mobile and erudite imagination.' - Paul Emmons, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Virginia Tech
Preface. Panta Rhei: in the Drawn and Written Lines of the "Dream House". Reading Drawings: A "Science Without a Name". 1. A Congenial Inauguration. The Magic Meal. The Ingredients. 2. Telling and Casting. The Requirements of the Play. The Incubation 3. The Importance of Dreaming in Architecture. The Magic Threshold. A Mantic View. The Magic of Translation. The Trade. 4. The Origin and Beginning of the Dream House. The Practice of Dreaming. Description of the Design of the House-Tower. 5. The Present Architecture Smells Bad. Vita Beata. The Happiness of Bathroom Imagination. 6. The Analogical Monster. The Drawings of the House-Tower. The Recto and the Verso. Conclusions. Dream Long and Hard Enough. Drawings, Model and Sketchbooks for the House-Tower. Bibliography. Postscript. Federica Goffi Interviews Claudio Sgarbi: Oneiric Recollections of a Design. Index.