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Through this volume published by Libraccio, Alberto Soci illustrates a topic that has been written a lot both in the past and during the last year due to EXPO 2015 in Milan. Usually the Universal Expositions are illustrated through monographic readings focused on the pavilions, on the construction techniques, on a comparison with other exposures from the chronological point of view, or on aspects more distant from the architecture and closer to the anthropological characters. Starting from a well-established concept, among which the first was theoretic Walter Benjamin, the great exhibitions have evolved over the years until or become phantasmagorical phenomena linked to grandiose architectural gestures and not so much to the pure display of goods. Alberto Soci intends, however, with his research to observe the theme from other points of view. The result is the impossibility of finding an interpretation that prevaricate over the others [...].

di Elena Ronchi - AREA 146 - maggio/giugno 2016
"Surely. It has a historical center, Città Alta, and a commercial center, born later on around the great Sant'Alessandro fair. A duality that makes it very stimulating. Henry Pirenne, historian, sociologist and economist at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, has developed the concept of "poleogenesis" of the city. He affirmed that the ancient fortified town-towns were by nature the governmental pole of political and spiritual administration. Bergamo Alta was antiquus burgus. Then the need to create a place for free trade led to the construction of a low city. As time goes by, Città Alta has, so to speak, been museumized (with the risk of removing the people of Bergamo from their city), while Città Bassa has assumed the value of a real city, a place of being and living. The structure and charm of Bergamo is in this duality ».

Interview with Alberto Soci by Luigi de Martino - BergamoPost 23 June 2017
Man has always searched for a key to understanding the authentic nature of the soul (examples are the studies of Plato, Aristotle, passing through Lucretius, Plotinus and Augustine up to the present day) as an immaterial manifestation of life, subtle and elusive as the wind - from the Greek ànemos «breath», in fact «wind». The soul, therefore, as a spiritual dimension of man, as the casket of the most remote and authentic instincts, in a dichotomous relationship to the material dimension of existence, defines the individual - from the Latin in-dividuus "non divisible", which expression of uniqueness and freedom [...].

"The soul in art". Preface by Alberto Soci to the catalog of the homonymous exhibition 2017
This study aims to treat the figure of Alessandro Antonelli through an unusual but little investigated analysis of his works. The narrative model of the bibliographic commentary links different points of view that over time have outlined the work of the Piedmontese architect, thus opening up to a more articulate and less linear re-reading of his work. Erasmus of Rotterdam in his famous written Elogio della Follia, affirmed that "audacity" and "lack of modesty" are the prerequisites for a free experimentation that has as its goal the knowledge; two characteristics that have accompanied Antonelli along the entire artistic-professional path and that have allowed him to write some of the most beautiful pages in the history of Italian architecture.

A. Soci, Alessandro Antonelli. Elogio della Follia. Libraccio Editore, Milano (2017)
The relationship between the city of Milan and the major exhibitions dates back to 1881, when Giovanni Ceruti - a learner of Camillo Boito - assisted by engineers Stefli and Santamaria, was created on the complex of the Giardini Pubblici di Porta Venezia, the Industrial Exposition. The fortune of this event is the prelude to the most important and complex International Exposition of 1906. As for 1881 it was decided to place the exhibition in the heart of the historical fabric of the city; it was done using the areas of the existing Sempione Park and not far from Piazza delle Armi (then Fiera Campionaria).

Alberto Soci, Milano 1906. Architettura Esposizione Città,  in «Il Disegno di Architettura», n.42, Ronca Publisher, Cremona (2018)