Architecture As a Living Act: Leonardo Ricci, the first monograph on Leonardo Ricci’s oeuvre, uses archive materials, some of which have never been published, to investigate the entire range of Ricci’s work, by examining some of his most interesting projects and putting them into the context of the current architectural panorama. 

         The monograph covers his professional activity in the passionate climate of post-war reconstruction in Italy, his communitarian projects and experimental family residences, his book Anonymous (20th Century), his visionary projects, and his innovative approach to the spatial organization of public institutions in his last projects.  Every step of Ricci’s work was always coherently connected to a basic aim, which was to translate into an architectural form the dynamism of phenomena and the incessant flow of life. 

         The book investigates Ricci’s practical and theoretical approach to architectural design, giving this exceptional figure the recognition he deserves within the panorama of Italian and international architecture following the Second World War.

         Autho Maria Clara Ghia is assistant professor in history of architecture at Sapienza University in Rome.  She holds two PhDs in architecture, theory, and design, and in philosophy.  For her studies on Ricci, she won the Bruno Zevi International Prize in 2011 and the Enrico Guidoni Prize in 2019.

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