In one of his short stories Jorge Luis Borges tells of a mysterious labyrinth, bequeathed from an erudite Chinese writer to his grandson. He find that the legacy is none other than a weird manuscript, apparently senseless, in which the time lines intertwine and all the several development of the events and the possible futures of the characters coexist at the same time. The same labyrinthine and contradictory nature seems to mark the development of Milan through the time. The city was always divided between, on one hand, the ambition of a territorial dimension and civil magniloquence, and on the other hand the inclination to development as an amount of places closed in themselves, in which are organized little worlds with an own recognizable identity. That duality between intimistic localism and metropolitan dimension has often compromised the organic development of the urban transformation. This study -expounded through the photographic and graphics analysis, together with the GIS technology for integrated navigation in the archive of Milano, including cartography, iconography and projects documents- allows instead to show the coexistence of both the way in the development/definition of the Forma Urbis, recognizing even in the most apparently tranchant of the Rettifili the function to organized the urban perspectives through sequences of places and monuments in the historical city.

Different futures in the labyrinth of the carto-iconographical heritage of Milan

IAROSSI, MARIA POMPEIANA;CONTE, SARA;INTROINI, MARCO AUSANO
2015

Abstract

In one of his short stories Jorge Luis Borges tells of a mysterious labyrinth, bequeathed from an erudite Chinese writer to his grandson. He find that the legacy is none other than a weird manuscript, apparently senseless, in which the time lines intertwine and all the several development of the events and the possible futures of the characters coexist at the same time. The same labyrinthine and contradictory nature seems to mark the development of Milan through the time. The city was always divided between, on one hand, the ambition of a territorial dimension and civil magniloquence, and on the other hand the inclination to development as an amount of places closed in themselves, in which are organized little worlds with an own recognizable identity. That duality between intimistic localism and metropolitan dimension has often compromised the organic development of the urban transformation. This study -expounded through the photographic and graphics analysis, together with the GIS technology for integrated navigation in the archive of Milano, including cartography, iconography and projects documents- allows instead to show the coexistence of both the way in the development/definition of the Forma Urbis, recognizing even in the most apparently tranchant of the Rettifili the function to organized the urban perspectives through sequences of places and monuments in the historical city.
HERITAGE and TECHNOLOGY Mind Knowledge Experience. Le Vie dei Mercanti _ XIII Forum Internazionale di Studi
978-88-6542-416-2
Urban representation, Cartographic heritage, Iconographic heritage, Milan
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