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The baths of Acqui. [ENG]

City and Architectures for Care and Leisure

di Alessandro Martini

The great future ambitions of Acqui, a European spa city, are rooted in its history, of which this book tells the story. As in other localities that were made famous (and attractive) by their thermal waters, it is the spa that has given rise to its economic well-being and, especially, to its historical identity and memory. Centuries of use of its curative mud and waters brought with it great buildings for accommodation and treatment, though the city truly took off in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. However, unlike many international centres of relaxation and recreation, Acqui has always been a place more for treatment than for leisure. Though never built, the architectural designs of the 1920s were extraordinary in terms of their spatial and design solutions, and still today they point to an age of enormous ambition, accompanied by a grand vision for the city and its spa system. A vision in which the city believes as much today as ever before.Alessandro Martini
Aged 37, was born into an Acqui family. He is a PhD researcher in the History of Architectural and Scenic Heritage at the Politecnico University of Turin. Since 2007 he has been a lecturer in the History of Architecture and of the Twentieth-Century City at the Faculty of Architecture II. He has written essays and studies on architecture and on the history of the city in the contemporary age. A freelance journalist, he is responsible for the News and Museums sections of Il Giornale dell’Arte.

A cura di: Alessandro Martini
Pagine: 168
Misure: 21 x 30,5 cm
Illustrazioni: 100 col., 77 b/w
Legatura: Hardcover
Edizione: english
ISBN: 978-88-422-1831-9
Prezzo: 10,00 €

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