Larian Physiognomies presents an inventory of key cases and is intended as a tool for architects, citizens and tourists interested in understanding the territory of Lario through these places. By providing a selection of exemplary architectures, natural and artificial landscapes, we seek to define physical and ideal paths for linking well-known places with forgotten ones, places of identity with those that are more anonymous.
Larian Physiognomies interprets the territory as a set of signs, natural or man-made, that enable us to recognize a place. For this reading, it uses four categories – Water, Traces, Settlements, Activities – giving rise to four distinct viewpoints which, in their contents and editorial terms, can be enjoyed independently or integrated to unveil the complex stratification of the Larian territory, from the landscape to the infrastructures, from the forms of dwelling to the architectures that have developed in it.
Larian Physiognomies treats each category with different languages and techniques of representation, recognizing drawing as an instrument for reading the territory, while it has also created a photo archive of the Province of Como based on the subjective and unique vision of each professional photographer involved in the research. Larian Physiognomies is an open-ended research project to develop new transversal views of the territory.
Fisionomie Lariane is an exploration of the territory, an inventory of architectures and landscapes, an archive of art photography, a collection of drawings, a collection of itineraries, a permanent exhibition, a web platform. Fisionomie Lariane is a project designer and curated by the Culture Committee of the Order of the Architects of the Province of Como.