• Bramante: An Introduction
    Kersten Geers and Pier Paolo Tamburelli
    Bas Princen
    San Rocco, 2016
    San Rocco

Santa Maria delle Grazie, inside perspective from below, Milan. Courtesy of San Rocco.

Despite the significance of Bramante's work, there is hardly any published material about it accessible to a wider audience. Apart from the monograph by Arnaldo Bruschi (translated in English by Thames & Hudson, 1977), the majority of the existing texts are in Italian and, when in English, mostly relegated to specialized academic papers. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of the master, we propose to publish a book that for the first time collects all the major classic texts on the subject, as well as the complete drawings of his projects. By editing this book we hope to allow the contemporary audience to approach Bramante's work and, by doing this, to confront the complexity of motives contained in his work with the reality of the contemporary context. In our opinion, this confrontation will open new possibilities for reflection and experimentation in the field of contemporary architecture.

Kersten Geers studied at the University of Ghent and at the Esquela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain. He worked in Rotterdam for Maxwan/Max.1 Architects until 2001 and from 2001 to 2005 for Neutelings Riedijk Architects. He was a tutor at the TU Delft, the University of Ghent and the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and a guest lecturer and guest critic for the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and Columbia University in New York, among other institutions. He is founding member and editor of San Rocco magazine, and frequently publishes essays on architecture in a variety of magazines and books. In 2002 he founded Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen together with David Van Severen. In 2008 they were awarded with the Belgian Prize for Architecture and in 2010 with the Silver Lion at the Twelfth Venice Architecture Bienniale.

Pier Paolo Tamburelli studied at the University of Genoa and at the Berlage Institute. In 2004, he founded the architectural office baukuh. Baukuh has won international competitions and has taken part in the Istanbul Biennial (2012), the Rotterdam Biennale (2007, 2012) and the Venice Biennale (2009, 2012). Tamburelli participated in the exhibition Mutations (2000) and collaborated with the magazine Domus from 2004 to 2007. He has lectured at the AA in London, the AUC in Cairo, Columbia University, Cornell University, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the MAXXI in Rome, the RWTH in Aachen, Tongji University in Shanghai, the Triennale di Milano, and the USI in Mendrisio. Tamburelli has taught at the PUSA Aleppo (Syria), the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, the TUM in Munich, FAUP Porto, and the Politecnico in Milan, and he is currently visiting assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tamburelli has been guest editor of OASE 79: James Stirling 1964–1992, and is among the founders of "the Tomorrow."

Bas Princen is an artist and photographer who lives and works in Rotterdam. His photographic work investigates the transformations and potential future scenarios of the urban landscape. Recent exhibitions include: Reservoir (deSingel, Antwerp, 2011), Five Cities (Depo, Istanbul, 2010), Refuge (Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2010), Invisible Frontier (AUT, Innsbruck, 2008), Nature as Artifice (Kroller Muller Museum, Otterloo, and Aperture Foundation, New York, 2009), Spectacular City (Nai, Rotterdam, 2006), and contributions to the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004, 2006, and 2010. In May 2004, he published Artificial Arcadia with 010 Publishers. His other monographs include: Rotterdam (Witte de With Publishers, 2007), Five Cities Portfolio (SUN Publishers, 2009), and Reservoir (Hatje Cantz, 2011). In 2004, he won the Charlotte Kohler Prize and at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale he was awarded the Silver Lion for his collaborative work with OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen.

San Rocco is a magazine about architecture that is published three times a year on specific themes. San Rocco was launched in September 2010 in Venice, Italy, on the occasion of the Biennale di Architettura. San Rocco approaches architecture in an eminently simple way, which is to say, writing about buildings, drawings, projects, and built or drawn ideas from all over the world without necessarily needing to follow the latest cultural trend.