ISSN 1973-9702




by Rafael Sousa Santos


It is proposed to develop a critical reading of some of the main writings of the Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933), seeking to recognise the foundations of his thinking, above all, about man as an architect and his practice. This paper is organised according to three main themes: 1. the identification of Loos with classical culture according to the concepts of beauty, truth and justice; 2. his considerations on the relationship between ornamentation, culture and society; and 3. his proposal for the reframing of architecture and the architect’s activity between the arts and crafts through the moral question.



Rafael Sousa Santos (Portugal, 1991) graduated in Architecture by the University of Beira Interior (DECA-UBI), Portugal (2013). Has his master’s in Architecture by University of Porto (FAUP), Portugal (2016), where he participates as intern in the Center for Studies of the Faculty of Architecture (CEFA). Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at FAUP (with supervisors from FAUP, Aalto University and Aahrus University). He has also collaborated in the curricular units of Urban Economy and Urbanistics 2 of Integrated Master’s in Architecture (MIARQ) at FAUP (since 2017).


Tre passeggiate tra Genova ed il suo porto


by Giuseppe Ferrarella


Un libro minuto per tre passeggiate tra la città e il porto di Genova.


A small size the book invites for a walk between Genova city and harbour.


Giuseppe Ferrarella è architetto e Dottore di Ricerca; si laurea con lode presso la facoltà di Architettura Palermo. Ha frequentato il Master Architettura, Storia, Progetto e si è specializzato in Cultura del Progetto in ambito archeologico presso il Dipartimento di Architettura dell’Università Roma Tre dove ha conseguito, nel 2018, il titolo di Dottore di Ricerca in Architettura con una ricerca sulle logiche di trasformazione urbana delle città stratificate.

Vive, progetta e studia tra Roma e Palermo.



Ecological and Spatial Quality in Flood-Risk Strategies

by Camilla Di Nicola

The role of the designer in flood risk management strategy development is currently often restricted to the important but limited task of optimally embedding technical interventions (Nillesen, 2014). These interventions that take place only at an advanced stage of the project cannot be satisfactory nor complete. The landscape architect or the urban planner should have a decisive role in water management policy in order to promote both safety and spatial quality of cities at risks. Landscape architects study the intrinsic qualities of the site, being able to design a project more integrated with the context and safer in the long term. The generates a place that respects the imposed safety standards and the same time it creates a dynamic and interactive environment.

It is, then, fundamental to develop an integrated approach in which ecological and spatial quality can be both included in the strategy development of regional flood-risk management, also becoming a decisive aspect in the initial phases of the project.


Camilla Di Nicola is a master student of Landscape Architecture at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), in the Netherlands. During her bachelor she participated in the Erasmus program in Oporto, Portugal and then she graduated in 2018 at Roma Tre University. In the Netherlands she worked at “Defacto Architecture & Urbanism” office, in Rotterdam, where she studied and worked on many water-related projects inside and outside the Netherlands, there her interest in water, climate change and urbanisation has grown considerably.