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Location Amalfi Coast, Italy   map
Date -600 to 1990   timeline
Building Type seaside hilltown
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context seaside
Style Italian Vernacular
Notes Beautifully intact seaside hilltown. Aesthetic harmony by repeating forms.





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Discussion Positano Commentary

“Explored by the Greeks in the sixth century B.C., settled by the Romans, mauled by the Pisans (1135), and favored by sybarites ever since, the Amalfi Coast has miraculously survived in large measure intact. Positano is one of its jewels. Its mist-shrouded, rugged mountain backdrop is unharassed by man, its juncture with the sea is considerate. Its ‘architecture without architects’ (Bernard Rudofsky) is respectful, its whitewashed, oft cubic forms echoing the Mediterranean vernacular.”

— G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p62.

Sources on Positano

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. discussion, photo from sea, p62.

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