Third Architecture

The quality of Third Architecture – until now reduced to give techological answers to the community’s needs – consists of making new questions about the way of building, dwelling and thinking the contemporary landscape.

Emanuele Forzese

2014_forzese_architettura-terza_copFORZESE Emanuele, Architettura Terza. Forme, emozioni e visioni del paesaggio tecnologico, Catania, Malcor D’, 2014.

In order to stay in the world, man builds not only constructions where people  house (called “First Architecture”) or carry on their activities (called “Second Architecture”), but also technological infrastructures for the management of energy, matter and information, definable “Third Architecture”.

The form of Third Architecture has always been a key component in the vision of landscape, and its value lies in the ability to describe, in every age, the emotion of society using it.

Third Architecture performs three functions: contribution to visible or invisible characterization of the territory; determination of an ambivalent feeling of attraction (as a result of human cleverness), and anxiety (because of the risks associated with catastrophic events; oscillation between the technical production and artistic action.

Reasoning about the triple meaning attributed by Italo Calvino to “visibility”, the book considers three different implications for Third Architecture, investigated as: tool for the understanding of landscape; as manifestation of the contemporary soul; finally as expressive repertoire of designing practice.


  • The form of things (by Sebastiano D’Urso)
  • Towards a Third Architecture
  • From Anthropocentrism to Technocracy
  • Building the vision of Landscape
  • Dwelling the emotion of Technique
  • Thinking the form of Architecture
  • Re-Thinking Third Architecture
  • Bibliography