This book shows how night redefines the framework of thought and action in the realm of the imaginary, of territorial planning and of the practice of landscape, the aim being to arrive at a contemporary urbanism based on perceptual experience.
The book is structured in three parts: the first covers the originality and value of the experience of the nocturnal landscape for thought and creativity, the second defines infrastructure as the nocturnal landscape’s real scale and strategy, while the third illustrates examples of nocturnal contemporary architecture and landscape.
Alessandra Cianchetta is an architect and independent curator. Visiting professor at the public-realm New Academy of Fine Arts (Milan), she has lectured at architectural venues in Barcelona, Milan, Paris, London, Copenhagen and Beijing. She has contributed to the permanent collection of the GAMC, City of Architecture and Heritage, Paris, and is responsible for several landscape and public realm projects for a number of cities in Europe. Co-author of Park Güell (Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 2002) and Alvaro Siza: Private Houses 1954-2004 (Skira, Gustavo Gili, Milan, 2004).
Matthias Armengaud is an architect, landscape architect and urban planner. As a partner at AWP he leads a number of projects of public realm and territorial planning, infrastructure design and cultural facilities, both in France and other countries. Founding director of MTMA, an urban-trend-forecasting agency and a consultant on future cities for a number of institutions. Founder of the 'Troll' nighttime mobility label. Visiting professor at the ENSPAV (Versailles), Elisava (Barcelona), NABA (Milan).
Marc Armengaud is a philosopher and critic. Associate and visiting professor at schools of architecture in Paris and Copenhagen. He writes for the magazine D’A, D’Architectures. He has directed a number of interdisciplinary studies and curatorial works on new forms of public space, temporary communities and nighttime mobilities for the French Ministry of Culture and other institutions. Curator of the Dieppe Biennale, on the relations between art, architecture and landscape.