Progetto D'Architettura n. 5 [Architectural Project no. 5] (1973)

Progetto D'Architettura n. 5 [Architectural Project no. 5] (1973)

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  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (architect)


Progetto D'Architettura n. 5 [Architectural Project no. 5] (1973)

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 124 digital files (18 GB)

Scope and Content

The project series documents "Progetto D'Architettura n. 5" a three fold performance carried out at the Milan Triennale in 1973. The first group performing were two musicians, one accordionist, Davide Mosconi, and one cellist, Marino Vismara, playing while walking around the large entrance at the bottom of the grand staircase of the Triennale building. The performers constantly bumped into each other as they tried to get the upper hand on the other. At the same time, a 'fire eater', Nunzio Salvago, spat out flames in the staircase. Finally, on the second floor at the end of the stairs, Pettena, using vibraphone mallets, hit the ceramic tiles of the entrance walls off of which the sound was amplified by contact with microphones installed beforehand. The performance was thought of as "an operation of the “reading” of physical space, of occupation of the whole of the environment, realized through sound [...]."

The project series contains video recordings and photographs of the performance.


[1] Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/perf-archi-n-5-project-1973/ (last accessed 12 November 2019)

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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.


Milan Italy

Language of material

English, Italian


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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1973.PR04.001
    • Title: Photographs and videos of the performance, digitized promotional poster for the performance and project description, Progetto d’Architettura n°5
    • Dates of creation: 2013 - 2018
    • Form: born digital, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0


    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)


    Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Microsoft Word for Windows

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 11 digital files (11 MB)

    Conditions governing access:

    • Digital material can only be accessed on-site. Please contact Reference at ref@cca.qc.ca for more information. Access by appointment only.

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena


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