The Other City: History and image of urban diversity: places and landscapes of privilege and well-being, of isolation, of poverty, and of multiculturalism


Francesca Capano
University of Naples Federico II
Maria Ines Pascariello
University of Naples Federico II
Massimo Visone
University of Naples Federico II



Publishers: FedOA - Federico II University Press

Series:  Storia e iconografia dell’architettura, delle città e dei siti europei

Pages: 2098

Language: Italian


Abstract: This volume proposes a rich corpus of papers about the ‘Other City’, a subject only few times dealt with, but worthy of all our attention: it imposes itself on the scene of international modern and contemporary historiography for its undeniable topicality. Throughout history, the city has always had to deal with social ‘otherness’, i.e. with class privileges and, consequently, with discrimination and marginalization of minorities, of the less well-off, of foreigners, in short, with the differences in status, culture, religion. So that the urban fabric has ended up structuring itself also in function of those inequalities, as well as of the strategic places for the exercise of power, of the political, military or social control, of the spaces for imprisonment, for the sanitary isolation or for the ‘temporary’ remedy to the catastrophes. From the first portraits of cities, made and diffused at the beginning of the fifteenth century for political exaltation purposes or for religious propaganda and for devotional purposes, which often, through increasingly refined graphic techniques, distort or even deny the true urban image, we reach, at the dawn of contemporary history, the new meaning given by scientific topography and new methods of representation; these latter aimed at revealing the structure and the urban landscape in their objectivity, often unexpected for who had known the city through the filter of ‘regime’ iconography. The representation of the urban image still shows the contradictions of a community that sometimes includes and even exalts the diversities, other times rejects them, showing the unease of a difficult integration.


Author Biographies

Francesca Capano, University of Naples Federico II

Francesca Capano, architect and historian of architecture and cities, PhD in History of Criticism of Architecture, has been collaborating since 2002 at Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sull’Iconografia della Città Europea (CIRICE) at Naples University Federico ll. She has received national scientific awards (ASN 2012-2016) and is the holder of History of Architecture course at Neapolitan University. She took part in national and international conferences, also published many essays and two monographs, among which: Caserta, La città dei Borbone oltre la Reggia (1750-1860) / Caserta, The Bourbon city beyond the Royal Palace (1750-1860), Napoli, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane 2011; Misura e rappresentazione della capitale, Territori e città nelle carte di Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni e Luigi Marchese / Measure and representation of the capital, Territories and Cities in the maps by Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni and Luigi Marchese, in ‘Il Mezzogiorno e il Decennio’: architettura, città, territorio’ / The Southern Italy and the Decade: Architecture, the City, the territory, edited by A.Buccaro, C.Lenza, P.Mascilli Migliorini, Napoli, Giannini Pubblishing 2012; Gli archivi fotografici per la Storia dell’Architettura e del Paesaggio / Photographic Archives for History of Architecture and Landscapes, in “Eikonocity” no. 1, 2016; Il Sito Reale di Capodimonte. Il primo bosco, parco e palazzo dei Borbone di Napoli, Federico II University Press, 2017.

Maria Ines Pascariello, University of Naples Federico II

Maria Ines Pascariello is University Researcher for the science-disciplinary ICAR/17-Design at Civil Construction Environment Department of Engineering at the federico II University of Naples. Since 2001 performs Teaching Activities, both Architecture and Engineering Department. The main fields of research and interest are survey and documentation for conservation and development, urban and landscape scale, in order to save and promote cultural heritage. The studies, after graduation to date, the science-disciplinary, deals with the study of Perspective, in particular architectural perspectives and painted architecture of Roman in Pompeii.

Massimo Visone, University of Naples Federico II

Massimo Visone, architect and PhD, is research fellow (2018) at the University of Naples Federico II. He taught at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (2008), Academy of Fine Arts of Naples (2009-2010) and University of Naples Federico II (2010-2016). He has been approved for the national scientific role of Associate professor in History of Architecture (2015-2024). Visone took part in national and international research groups, conferences and seminars (Brussels, Dortmund, Geneva, London, Santiago de Compostela). Visone is in the scientific committee of the Grupo de Investigación Iacobus (University of Santiago de Compostela), in the editorial board of book series and peer-reviewed journals (class A journals: Confrontiand Quintana), member of the Research Centre on the Iconography of the European City (University of Naples Federico II), and secretary of Docomomo Italy. He wrote several contributions on English gardens and historical landscape. He edited exhibitions and published papers on urban iconography and architectural history in books, conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals; amongst the others: Villa Reale (2003, 2012), Villa d’Elboeuf (2008, 2014), Castel Capuano (2011, 2013), Poggio Reale (2013, 2016), Palazzo Donn’Anna (2017), Palazzo Penne (2018), and 1783 Messine earthquake (2018). He published Napoli «Un gran Teatro della Natura» (Naples 2013), updated the notes of the book Napoli (2016) by Cesare de Seta, and edited Time Frames: Conservation Policies for Twentieth-Century Architectural Heritage (London-New York 2017).

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