PierAntonio Val - In his book Relazione e distanza (Relationship and distance), PierAntonio Val traces the main stages of his ‘trade’ as architect. He delineates a clear and well-directed trail blazed by the ‘needs’ of architecture, understood as the extreme synthesis of the theory and practice of a given project. It is a pathway that, in the mind of the author, is quickly transformed into a ‘journey’, a gripping adventure in the quest for the ‘traces’ hidden in the transformation of places and which are capable of revealing both the needs of and rationale behind the project. It is a feat suspended between the great ‘oscillations’ of choices, between rigour and exception, essential and excessive, coherence and image, ‘loneliness’ and marketplace. It is precisely the constant presence of these ‘oscillations’ along the route that has dictated the decision to group these works not on the basis of simple chronologies or taxonomies, but by ‘theme’ or, better, recurring architectural ‘figures’ capable of uncovering the simplicity and richness of a pathway that has been built over time. It is a trail that can be embarked upon in many directions and which, in relation to a focused look, can on each occasion restore the ‘critical distance’ linking the project to other materials to be found in the context.
Keywords: Project; relationship; distance.