Fariello, Franceso. L’architettura delle strade: La strada come opera d’arte. Roma: Società Editrice “La Pace”, 1963.
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"Non esiste una scienza esatta nè una tecnica assoluta per la progettazione stradale; questa attività è piuttosto un’arte, in quanto implica una complessità di problemi e di quesiti di varia indole che devono essere risolti in mutua armonia e con visione eminentemente creativa."
- “L’ARTE DI ASSIMILARE LA STRADA AL PAESAGGIO”, p. 49
[”No exact science nor absolute technique exists for road design; this activity is rather an art, since it implies a complexity of problems and questions take various forms that must be solved in mutual harmony and eminently creative vision.”
- “THE ART OF ASSIMILATING THE ROAD TO THE LANDSCAPE”]
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I first set eyes on this volume at a used book fair in Bologna, Italy in February 2005. The front cover was torn off and the price was just a bit more than I felt willing to pay for a badly damaged book, but I loved it so much that I returned to the same stand at the book fair to flip through it no less than four times. On my fifth visit I found that it had disappeared from its usual spot on the table and I was, unsurprisingly, heartbroken.
One year later, head still bewitched by black and white visions of undulating coastal roads and elegantly bowed aqueducts, I seized upon my laptop in pursuit of the one that got away. After my initial search returned only one unappealing result, exorbitantly priced at $100, I briefly gave up hope. (I suppose I might have anticipated the challenge of acquiring an out-of-print Italian book from abroad, given the relative difficulty of accomplishing even everyday tasks while actually in Italy.) Still, relishing the hunt, I remained tacitly undeterred by the apparent obscurity of my prize. Several months later I performed the same search on a whim, this time quickly discovering a copy for sale by an English bookseller for $30 on Alibris. She was mine, and a rare book collection was born.