Melbourne lecture: The Genetics of Walls, urban DNA and social features

August 10, 2010

Professor Attilio Petruccioli examines the historic and contemporary urban fabric of Balkan, Middle Eastern and Central Asian cities using Muratori’s urban typology school.

*The Genetics of Walls: Urban DNA and social features* will be given by Professor Attilio Petruccioli, Head of Civil Engineering and Architectural Science Department, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy. The presentation is part of the Miegunyah Lectures presented by the University of Melbourne school of design.

In the 1950s, Saverio Muratori created the ‘urban typology school’ to study the morphological evolution of the city of Venice through the centuries. This lecture will use the main tenets of Muratori’s theory to read the historic and contemporary fabric of Balkan, Middle Eastern and Central Asian cities.

Through the analysis of their structural skeleton, light will be shed on the spatial complexity and social richness of specific urban textures, from Bosnia to Jerusalem, many of which have been scarred by recent events in world history. By reflecting on their cultural value and environmental rationale, the discussion will tease out the lessons that should be learned from traditional settlements, and consider how these lessons could be used to assess or guide reconstruction efforts in war-torn or disaster-prone areas in the Islamic world.

*Where* Prince Philip Theatre, Ground Floor, Architecture Building University of Melbourne
*When* Tuesday 17 August, 7pm
Entry is free. ["Register online":http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/]

An exhibition of recent works by Professor Attilio Petruccioli and Professor Claudio D’Amato Guerrieri will be presented in the Wunderlich Gallery, Architecture Building from 17-27 August 2010.

*Also in the series*
["The Sustainable Weight of History":http://australiandesignreview.com/events/18077-Melbourne-lecture-The-Sustainable-Weight-of-History]. Presented by Professor Claudio D’Amato Guerrieri. 24 August 2010, 7pm.

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