The Grammar of Copy

Fabrizio Gallanti

The acts of appropriation, replica, copy, and montage have been inherent to the practice of architecture for centuries. Only with modernization at the turn of the nineteenth century did notions of authorship and copyright emerge, along with a new status institutionalized as a profession and pedagogically imparted by universities. The presentation will illustrate the cyclical return in architectural culture and debate of the “problem of the copy.”

Fabrizio Gallanti has wide-ranging and international experience in architectural design, education, publishing, and exhibition curation. He holds a PhD in architectural design from the Politecnico di Torino (Polytechnical University of Turin) in Turin, Italy, and an MArch from the University of Genoa, in Genoa. In 1998 he was among the founding members of the architect collective Gruppo A12 (www.gruppoa12.org). In 2003, with Francisca Insulza, he founded the architecture research studio FIG-Projects (ww.fig-projects.com). Gallanti has curated numerous exhibitions as well as lecture series and international seminars. He is a prolific writer and has been published widely in international architecture magazines and journals. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the architecture editor and web editor of Abitare magazine. Between 2011 and 2014 he was the Associate Director of Programs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Canada. In 2014 he was the first recipient of a research and teaching fellowship within the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and Humanities, invited as visiting professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Gallanti was the jury chair of Akademie Schloss Solitude from 2004 to 2007.