The Inhabited Pathway
The Built Work of Alberto Ponis in Sardinia
Edited by Sebastiano Brandolini

Essays by Sebastiano Brandolini, Alberto Ponis and Jonathan Sergison. Preface by Mioara Mugur-Schächter.
Photographs by Gion von Albertini and Alberto Ponis.


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Alberto Ponis was born in Genoa in 1933 and studied architecture at Florence University. In the early 1960s he worked in London with Erno Goldfinger and Denys Lasdun, where he came under the strong—and lasting—influence of the then-dominant modernist and brutalist movements. In 1964, he established his own studio, Ponis, on the island of Sardinia, and in the half-century since then he has built a remarkable number of private and public buildings.

Modern Architecture, Monograph
This beautifully produced volume is the first comprehensive monograph on this highly interesting and original yet little-known architect. It documents his biography, education, and training, then delves into his extensive research on Sardinia—which focused in particular on the typical housing types of the island’s rural areas. Detailed examinations of eight selected buildings created between 1965 and 1998 enable us to trace the evolution of Ponis’s work and philosophy, while a concluding essay offers thoughts on the essence of his architecture.

Sebastiano Brandolini, born 1959, runs his architectural studio in Milan and teaches landscape architecture at ETH Zurich. He has been editor of the Italian architectural magazine/journal Casabella 1984–95 .
Mioara Mugur-Schächte  is an internationally renowned physicist, mathematician, and epistemologist, living and working in Paris.
Jonathan Sergison established Sergison Bates architects in 1996. He is also a professor of Architectural Design at the Academy of Architecture (Università della Svizzera intaliana) in Mendrisio, Switzerland.


41 color, 211 b/w and plans

240 pages, 252 illustrations
Hardback, 22x29.5 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2019
ISBN 9783906027494