First translation (English / French) of the essay on type in architecture by Spanish architect Carlos Martí Arís.
The editorial project focuses on the translation of the book Las variaciones de la identidad. Ensayo sobre el tipo en arquitectura
written by Carlos Martí Arís, from Spanish into two languages: French and English.
After having already translated in 2019 another book—Silencios elocuentes
—by the same author, from Spanish into French, Cosa Mentale Editions wants to continue to make possible the discovery of the lesson of Carlos Martí Arís, considering it of fundamental importance for today's architectural culture. In particular, in this book, the author presents an architectural theory according to which the idea of type is not conceived as a mechanism of reproduction but as a structure of form capable of multiple developments. The edition includes an introduction written by Raphael Moneo, one of the best known Spanish architects on the international scene, whose lucid look at the past and present underlines the extremely current contents of a work originally published in 1993.
Carlos Martí Arís (born 1948 in Barcelona) is an architect
and full professor at the Departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Graduated in 1972 from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), his real school was "2c Construcción de la Ciudad", of which he was a founding member and deputy editor from 1972 to 1985. Her current research themes include public space and the contemporary city, the relationship between architecture and cinema, and the concept of anonymity in architecture and art in general.