The series documents Pettena’s activities as a writer and a critic of contemporary architecture from 1973 to the end of the 2010s. The series documents only a few of the many articles, essays, monographs, and book chapters written by Pettena. The series contains materials for two of Pettena’s writings about Ettore Sottsass and Ettore Sottsass Jr’s work written at the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, and a monograph on steel structure in contemporary architecture. This predominantly consists of research materials, draft texts, and documents related to the image selection process for three publications: “Il linguaggio dell'acciaio" (1992), “Sottsass Associati 1980-1999 frammenti” (1999), and "Sottsass e Sottsass" (2001).
The series also contains scans of two earlier books by Pettena: “L’anarchitetto” (1973) and “La citta' invisibile. Architettura sperimentale 1965/75” (1983), and of a later one “Vienna e dintorni. Abraham, Hollein, Peintner, Pettena, Pichler, Sottsass" (2013). The series also documents publications and articles written on Pettena’s work. This material mainly consists of scans of articles and pages from publications, as well as some texts. Finally, the series contains material related to the development of Pettena’s professional website, such as texts and image selection.
Records for publications written by Pettena are arranged in their own sub-series (AP207.S3.SS01 to AP207.S3.SS09) in chronological order by publication date. The last sub-series (AP207.S2.SS10) documents publications and articles about Pettena’s work that weren’t written by him.
The materials related to publications or catalogues accompanying exhibitions curated or designed by Pettena are arranged in the Exhibitions series, AP207.S3.
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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