|CAFéS & RESTAURANTS|
Spaces offering hospitality: cafés, bars, restaurants, pubs
Coming to grips with the architecture of a city, grasping the extent to wich architectonic creationd match the exigencies and the cultural growth of a society means shunning places representing officialdom - public buildings, museums, administration centres and the like.
One has to descend to realms closer to daily life and their changing, contradictory aspects; one has to enter homes, to buy things in shops, to seek refreshment in a small bar. It is in this places that one discovers the parts of the city were people go about their daily existence, sites of sudden change and developments in the quest for the latest fashion, craze or taste; these bulwarks of tradition and forged habits are part and parcel of the city "way of life". Compared to private spheres, to the intimate, specific nature of domestic living space, especially these public places represent an interesting "half-way house" in architectural planning; on the one hand, they involve the typical problems of planning interiors more closely related to man's physical and psychological requirements; on the other hand, they are conditioned by having to serve a large number of people, whose imaginary nature assumes, at times unconsciously, the real character of the establishment.
Spaces that doubtless influence and form the character of a city are these establishments offering refreshment and the chance to meet friends: the little bars were one stops to read a book or a newspaper, to have a chat, where one drops by for a quick espresso - with one eye on the clock inexorably striking the beat of everyday life - or where one sips one's tea in pleasant company, oblivious to the passage of time. The bars, the cafés, the fast food restaurants, the trattorie or the more elegant restaurants that invite us to indulge in fine delicacies have become the stage for today's social life.
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