Essay on the architectural and urbanistic mesopotamian imaginary, dealing with founding and building gods and heroes, and the value and meaning of the built space studying mythical and "historical" sumerian texts.
The works of Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) extend throughout the 20th century. His metaphysical art portrays the artistic periods beginning with the avant-garde movements in Paris, through to the surrealism and ending with Andy Warhol’s pop-art. This thesis proposes an architectural journey through de Chirico’s metaphysical imagination, a place in which modern enigmas coexist with classical myths, chimneys and factories with arcades and agoras with the aim of emphasising the nature of a future bounded to the past. His mannequins and automatons found in the middle of city squares and long rooms, alerting the viewers of the everlasting character of architecture and cities, are a reminiscent of Nietzsche’s concept of the eternal return. By unravelling his symbols we will discover the spirit of tomorrow and the lifestyle future generations are heading towards.