The inhabited pathway. The Built Work of Alberto Ponis in Sardinia
This beautifully produced book is the first comprehensive monograph on the highly interesting and original yet little-known architect Alberto Ponis.
The book ‘THE INHABITED PATHWAY. The Built Work of Alberto Ponis in Sardinia’ documents his biography, education, and training, then delves into his extensive research on Sardinia – which focused in particular on the typical housing types of the islands rural areas. Detailed examinations of eight selected buildings created between 1965 and 1998 enable us to trace the evolution of Poniss work and philosophy, while a concluding essay offers thoughts on the essence of his architecture.
Alberto Ponis was born in Genoa in 1933 and studied at Florence University, where he qualified as an architect in 1960. In the early 1960s he worked in London with Erno Goldfinger and Denys Lasdun, where he came under the strong – and lasting – influence of the then-dominant modernist and brutalist movements. In 1964, he established his own studio, Ponis, on the island of Sardinia, and in the half-century since then he has built a remarkable number of private and public buildings.
With essays by Sebastiano Brandolini, Alberto Ponis, and Jonathan Sergison. Preface by Mioara Mugur-Schächter. Photographs by Gion von Albertini and Alberto Ponis.