The Visual Language of Technique

Volume 1 - History and Epistemology

  • Luigi Cocchiarella

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Setting the Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luigi Cocchiarella
      Pages 5-10
  3. Visual Language Between History and Epistemology: Retrospects and Prospects Across the Disciplinary Fields

  4. Archival Images Between History and Future: Iconographies and Experiences from the Departments of the Politecnico di Milano

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Luigi Cocchiarella
      Pages 141-145
    3. Paolo Biagioni, Davide Contini, Dario Polli, Francesco Scotognella
      Pages 147-150
    4. Ezio Arlati, Stefano Capolongo, Bruno Daniotti, Maria Pompeiana Iarossi, Angelo Lucchini, Ingrid Paoletti et al.
      Pages 159-162
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 171-182

About this book


The book is inspired by the first seminar in a cycle connected to the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Politecnico di Milano (May 2013). "Dealing with the Image. Ivory Towers and Virtual Bridges" was the motto of this meeting, aiming to stimulate a discussion among engineers, designers and architects, all of whom are traditionally involved in the use of the Image as a specialized language supporting their work, their research activities, and their educational tasks. The volume also includes essays and contributions of invited or interviewed authors from other disciplines, namely Philosophy, Mathematics and Semiotics, together with articles from the poster session and a report from the round table. According to Regis Debray, in the present "Visual Age", which he has significantly defined as a "Video-Sphere", all the information tends to be processed and controlled by means of visual devices. This occurs especially in the various branches of many technical studies and activities, one of the most sensitive areas to the use of Visual Language in the past and even more in the present. The volume includes an interview with the semiologist Ruggero Eugeni.


architectural representation art sciences techniques design engineering graphics visual language

Editors and affiliations

  • Luigi Cocchiarella
    • 1
  1. 1.Architecture and Urban Studies Campus Leonardo - Building La NavePolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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