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Award Antarctic Resolution Giulia Foscari / UNLESS 2021, DAM Architectural Book Award
The prize, unique in its kind and now highly respected, honours the best architecture books of a year. 94 architecture and art book publishers worldwide have responded to the joint call. A specialist jury of external experts and representatives of the DAM selected the ten best architecture books of the year from 235 entries according to criteria such as design, content concept, quality of materials and workmanship, degree of innovation and topicality.
2021, DAM Architectural Book Award
Publication Antarctic Resolution Giulia Foscari 2020, Lars Muller Publisher
Antarctic Resolution advocates the rejection of the pixelated view of Antarctica offered to us by Big Data companies and urges the construction of a highresolution image focusing on the continent’s unique geography, unparalleled scientific potential, contemporary geopolitical significance, experimental governance system, and extreme inhabitation model.

Title: Antarctic Resolution
Editor: Giulia Foscari / UNLESS
Authors: 150 interdisciplinary specialists
Publisher: Lars Müller Publishers
Editorial assistant: Federica Zambeletti
Design: Giulia Foscari / UNLESS with Integral Lars Müller
Printing: Grafiche Antiga, Italy
20 × 26.4 cm, 1000 pages
Hardcover, English
2021, ISBN 978-3-03778-640-6
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2020, Lars Muller Publisher
Editorial Living with Palladio in the Sixteenth Century Antonio Foscari 2020, Lars Müller Publishers
Visiting the villas built by Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), one inevitably asks oneself how people lived there in the sixteenth century. Palladio articulated the villas as "small towns" (piccole città) that formed a unit with adjacent service buildings and farm fields. Within their walls lived a multitude of people of all ages, social backgrounds and various skills. They were the venue for significant moments of public life. In these houses, the principles of hygiene, privacy and comfort, which we consider essential today, did not apply; furniture as such, did not exist. Living with Palladio in the Sixteenth Century investigates how Palladio’s houses, their floors, rooms and measurements are designed to structure the life of such a heterogeneous family of people. It analyzes their hierarchical structure with the owner (padrone) at the top and everyone involved in the everyday running of the household (famiglia minuta) at the bottom. This book fills a decisive gap in research literature on the famous Italian architect by looking at how Palladio prioritized the domestic functions of his private buildings.

Title: Living with Palladio in the Sixteenth Century
Author: Antonio Foscari
Editor: Giulia Foscari
Design: Integral Lars Müller
Details: 10,8 × 20,4 cm, 4 ¼ × 8 in
128 pages, 71 illustrations
hardback2020, 978-3-03778-638-3, English
2020, Lars Müller Publishers
Essay R for Research Giulia Foscari 2019, AA Files 76
"If, as Ulysses so persuasively states in Dante Alighieri’s Hell, the desire for knowledge is what distinguishes humankindfrom brutes, then conducting research – an action that is fundamental for any form of learning – is to be regarded asan essential human activity. Applied to an endless field of disciplines, it is almost impossible to offer a definition of research – even a subjective account for the term. Research becomes an even more intricate word if we think about itfrom the perspective of architecture, as we could argue that the discipline itself, in all its applications, is a form of research, a process through which we try to understand and shape the world around us. Perhaps paradoxically, thereresides the potential that the most radical context to reflect on the meaning and role of research for architects is the least built continent: Antarctica."

Publisher: AA Publications, The Architectural Association
Contents © Architectural Association and the Authors
ISSN 0261-6823, 978-1-9996277-1-3
2019, AA Files 76
Talk Architecture on Display Giulia Foscari 2018, John Soane’s Museum
In this series Sir John Soane’s Museum and James Taylor-Foster are inviting curators and thinkers to reflect on the meanings, implications and varying strategies behind the display of architecture. Writer and curator, Giulia Foscari gives the seventh talk.
2018, John Soane’s Museum
Course Diploma 15: The Museum Lab Giulia Foscari 2016, Architectural Association
At the AA Museum Lab students were introduced to the schizophrenia of the real life of architects - constantly oscillating between thinking and designing, writing and building, working in isolation and participating to collective efforts - by means of developing two parallel projects: a temporary pavilion for the Fuori-Salone del Mobile in Milan and a personal investigation on the paradoxes and role of contemporary museums.

Stimulated by a dense programme of specialized seminars and by innumerable guided visits to museums, galleries, art fairs and archives, the research project challenged the students to reflect on the paradox­es of contemporary museums and their current ideological, cultural, social, structural and tech­nological transformations. Responding to predetermined topics of investigation, each student constructed a thesis by unveiling unknown narratives, often belonging to the realm of art history, through the unique perspective of an architect.


Project Title: AA MUSEUM LAB: THE MANIFESTA EDITION
Location/City: London & Milan
Dates: 2016-2017
Status: Completed
Program: Diploma Unit
Academic Institution: Architectural Association School of Architecture
Course: Diploma 15
Unit Master: Giulia Foscari & Ekaterina Golovatyuk
Unit Tutor: Giacomo Ardesio & Harikleia Karamali
2016, Architectural Association
Lecture Elements of Venice Giulia Foscari 2016, Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio
On the occasion of the 15th International Architecture Biennale, the German Federal Foundation of Baukultur hosted a series of events in Venice. A network meeting of European Baukultur institutions served as kick-off and aimed at expanding the international network. In order to deepen the exchange an international conference about complementing the city was held in cooperation with the German Center for Venetian Studies. The symposium was accompanied by a guided exhibition tour at the Doge’s Palace and an evening reception. Palazzo Querini Stampalia and its renovation by Carlo Scarpa was presented as best practice example. Together with the IBA Parkstad cross-border cooperation’s as a contribution to city planning and Baukultur were discussed. Participants were invited to take part in guided tours through the city and across the Biennale.
2016, Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio
Course Diploma 15: The Museum Lab, Manifesta Edition Giulia Foscari 2015-2016, Architectural Association
The investigations of the AA Museum Lab on the role of museums and cultural institutions, their paradoxes and transformations, is carried forward focussing on the Mediterranean and its epicentre: Palermo.

Aiming to reveal unknown practices of cultural production in the city and in the sites of origin/destination of its fluctuating and (at times) temporary population, the students are invited to develop their thesis project based on independent research and to articulate their findings though an expanding collection of work-books critically edited, designed and produced. Ultimately formatted in provocative media of choice, the individual projects will be presented in Palermo in form of a collective exhibition – an official Collateral Event of Manifesta.

Project Title: AA MUSEUM LAB: THE MANIFESTA EDITION
Location/City: London & Palermo
Dates: 2017-2018
Status: Completed
Program: Diploma Unit
Academic Institution: Architectural Association School of Architecture
Course: Diploma 15 
Unit Master: Giulia Foscari
Unit Tutor: Giacomo Ardesio & Harikleia Karamali
2015-2016, Architectural Association
Award Elements of Venice Giulia Foscari 2015, DAM Architectural Book Award
The prize, unique in its kind and now highly respected, honours the best architecture books of a year. 94 architecture and art book publishers worldwide have responded to the joint call. A specialist jury of external experts and representatives of the DAM selected the ten best architecture books of the year from 235 entries according to criteria such as design, content concept, quality of materials and workmanship, degree of innovation and topicality.
2015, DAM Architectural Book Award
Editorial Elements of Architecture Rem Koolhaas 2014, Taschen
The result of a two-year research studio with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and collaborations with a host of experts from industry and academia… Elements of Architecture looks under a microscope at the fundamentals of our buildings, used by any architect, anywhere, anytime: the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the façade, the balcony, the corridor, the fireplace, the toilet, the stair, the escalator, the elevator, the ramp. The exhibition is a selection of the most revealing, surprising, and unknown moments from a new book, Elements of Architecture, that reconstructs the global history of each element. It brings together ancient, past, current, and future versions of the elements in rooms that are each dedicated to a single element. To create diverse experiences, we have recreated a number of very different environments - archive, museum, factory, laboratory, mock-up, simulation. 

Title: Elements of Architcture 
Editor: Rem Koolhass 
Team: AMO [
Janna Bystrykh, Federico Martelli, James Westcott]; OMA [Antonio Baron, Rebecca Bego, Ben Davis, Giulia Foscari, Alice Grégoire, Caroline James, Sofia Koutsenko, Brigitta Lenz, Elizabeth Macwillie, Tiffany Maria Obser, Mikel Orbegozo, Cedric van Parys , Stephan Petermann, Nicholas Potts, Todd Reisz, Annie Wang, Eric Williams, Sergio Zapata], HARVARD GSD RESEARCH TEA [Cynthia Dehlavi, Heather Dunbar, Elizabeth Eckels, Elle Gerdeman, Andrew Gipe, Patrick Hamon, See Jia Ho, Jenny Hong, Kangil Ji, Alison Kung, Will Lambeth, Jingheng Lao, Alison Ledwith, Stefan Di Leo, Arthur Liu, Jielu Lu, Difei Ma, Elizabeth Macwillie, Kurt Nieminen, Tiffany Maria Obser, Nicholas Potts, Annie Wang, Eric Williams, Max Wong]
Art Direction & Design: Irma Boom & Bo
Publisher: Marsilio, Taschen
20 × 26.4 cm, 1000 pages
Paperback, English
2014, ISBN 883172018X
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2014, Taschen
Editorial Tumult and Order Antonio Foscari 2012, Lars Müller Publishers
In the 1920s and 1930s, the Villa Foscari in Venice, better known as La Malcontenta, became a meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and members of the nobility such as Serge Diaghilev, Boris Kochno, Serge Lifar, Winston Churchill, Robert Byron, Diana Cooper, and Le Corbusier. It was an era of inspiring encounters between aristocrats, the avantgarde, snobs, and intellectuals that ended when Italy entered World War II. Antonio Foscari recounts this lively period in the building’s history and talks about its then owner, Bertie Landsberg, and his friends Catherine de Rochegude, Baroness of Erlanger, and Paul Rodocanachi, who not only lovingly renovated the villa, but made it such a lively place for the first time. The text is complemented by numerous photographs dating from this exciting time that convey an impression of what was happening in the villa in those days.

Title: Tumult and Order
Author: Antonio Foscari
Editor: Giulia Foscari
Design: Integral Lars Müller
Details: 15 x 24 cm, 6 x 9 ½ in
248 pages, 211 illustrations
hardback2012, 978-3-03778-297-2, English
2012, Lars Müller Publishers
Editorial Frescoes Antonio Foscari 2013, Lars Müller Publishers
During the Renaissance, the contest to decide the order of rank among the fine arts, architecture, painting, and sculpture was an issue that also occupied the famous architect Andrea Palladio. He was convinced that architecture spoke for itself and did not require any ornamentation through painting. Nevertheless, frescos adorn the walls and ceilings of many of his villas. At the Villa Malcontenta, for example, one of Venice’s best-known fresco painters of the day, Giovanni Battista Zelotti, was commissioned to design the interior. In Frescos, Antonio Foscari analyzes this fresco cycle, one that not only represents an outstanding example of trompe l’oeil based on architectural structures – and which is closely modeled on Palladio’s ideals – but also sheds light on formative events within the family that commissioned Palladio. This publication contains a wealth of historical documents as well as photographs of the frescos by Matthias Schaller.

Title: Frescoes 
Author: Antonio Foscari
Editor: Giulia Foscari
With photographs by Matthias Schaller
Details: 15 x 24 cm, 6 x 9 ½ in
298 pages, 270 illustrations
paperback 2013, 978-3-03778-370-2, English
2013, Lars Müller Publishers
Editorial Unbuilt Venice Antonio Foscari 2010, Lars Müller Publishers
After the successful conclusion of the centenary celebrations of Andrea Palladio’s birth, there are still many unanswered questions about his work. Antonio Foscari retraces Andrea Palladio’s life and offers new perspectives on the architects built and unbuilt work. The author reveals an image of Venice that differs from the one we all know: a city that projects herself into the modern age by abandoning the accepted principles of late medieval culture that had so profoundly influenced its formation.

Title: Unbuilt Venice 
Author: Antonio Foscari
Editor: Giulia Foscari
Design: Integral Lars Müller
Details: 15 x 24 cm, 6 x 9 ½ in
288 pages, 230 illustrations
hardback 2010, 978-3-03778-222-4, English
2010, Lars Müller Publishers