L’orizzonte della memoria: Duration, change and extended time in the Ecumenical Cemetery of Caltagirone

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This contribution uses a recent competition project for a materially lightweight intervention in a historically significant cemetery in Catania, Italy—developed as part of the author’s research-led design practice—to articulate and explore the interrelated temporal dimensions of architecture. In so doing, it maps these dimensions against a series of contemporary philosophical positions, which interrogate the notion of “time” beyond its relation to human experience.

To this end, this contribution seeks to frame the intervention (and its originating design approach) in terms of its fluid, transformative, extended temporality, demonstrating how it may exceed its "visible" life cycle as an architectural proposal. Developing as a discussion that articulates design decisions in relation to their associated theoretical frameworks, the text proceeds to flesh out "architectural temporality" in programmatic, material, and instrumental terms. This threefold approach aims to offer a comprehensive exploration of the interrelated (and potentially intertwined) dimensions of "temporality," with a view to positing them as three active principles for structuring design: The programmatic extension of time embedded in the spiritual character of the necropolis, the constantly evolving nature of the design process —both within and outside the human temporal sequence— and the consideration of materiality beyond the ephemeral moment when material components become an architectural object.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalUOU scientific journal
Issue number06
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • time
  • duration
  • design
  • contemporay philosophy
  • necropolis


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