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Brick Style Publishing Collection


The brick style, as a construction and formal Western architectural style, has been defined in its eight hundred years of history - between the seventh century B.C. and the first century A.D. - through technological developments and quite peculiar and interesting refinements of architectural language not at all investigated in both historical and contemporary literature.
The geographical area in which the style matured is Italy, which then promoted the large-scale development of the terracotta brick in architecture, from its invention dated back to the Greek civilization with specific contributions that were first Hellenic and then Hellenistic.
The original phase, in its most advanced and significant expression, is specifically linked to the monumental roofs of the peripteral temples belonging to the Greek and Sicilian colonies built from the seventh century B.C., more than to brick masonry whose first use occurred only at the turn of the fourth and third centuries B.C.
The Mediterranean has been a crossroads for trade; everything converged there, everything moved there, enriching the history of the countries bordering on its waters. On this sea, which only later became the "inland lake" of the Romans, since ancient times Mycenaean, Phoenician, and Greek ships navigated and with them goods, men, ideas, myths, religions, lifestyles and technical knowledge.
Even terracotta (and clay still to be modelled, as confirmed by shipwreck survivors and by archaeological finds) travelled across this sea, along with coroplastic Greek masters.
The Brick Style collection wishes to investigate the definition of this style in the fascinating moment of its "origins", its "beginning" when the creation of the archetypes takes place and the various range of its shapes (that is that repertoire of duplicates, reproductions, copies, reductions, transpositions, and derivations) that only in the imperial age of Rome will allow this Style to reach its maturity.

Collection Director
prof. Alfonso Acocella, Università di Ferrara

Collection Publisher
Media MD

Technical characteristics of the volumes
language: Italian and English/colour images/format 14X28 cm






Alfonso Acocella
Origini e permanenze del mattone nell'architettura contemporanea.

Media MD, 2013, pp. 48


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Alfonso Acocella
I laterizi cotti fra Cisalpina e Roma

Media MD, 2013, pp. 76
ISBN: 978-88-908475-8-5


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