School of Architecture, CUHK

Francesco Rossini: Background of Opposites

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Dante Alighieri Society, Hong Kong

Francesco Rossini: Background of Opposites


Lecture by Prof. Francesco Rossini

As the Greek colony Parthenope rapidly developed, it was renamed Neapolis to distinguish the new city from the original settlement. There, the underground system generates a built environment that is living above, creating a solid yet unstable city lying on the void. Even Walter Benjamin was impressed by the porosity of Naples’ urban space, as he put it: “As porous as this stone is the architecture.”

This lecture will explore the history of Naples in the light of its contrasts and contradictions.

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