Architecture Italienne: Années 1960 et 1970

Micheli, Silvia (2012). Architecture Italienne: Années 1960 et 1970. In Frédéric Migayrou (Ed.), La tendenza: Architectures Italiennes 1965 -1985 (pp. 81-89) Paris, France: Centre Pompidou.

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Author Micheli, Silvia
Title of chapter Architecture Italienne: Années 1960 et 1970
Translated title of chapter Italian architecture: The 1960s and 1970s
Language of Chapter Title fre
Title of book La tendenza: Architectures Italiennes 1965 -1985
Translated title of book The trends: Italian architecture 1965 -1985
Language of Book Title fre
Place of Publication Paris, France
Publisher Centre Pompidou
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9782844265708
Editor Frédéric Migayrou
Chapter number 2
Start page 81
End page 89
Total pages 9
Total chapters 8
Collection year 2013
Language fre
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In the opening editorial of issue no. 251 (1961) of Casabella-
, entitled Quindici anni di architettura italiana, the
review’s director Ernesto N. Rogers discussed the step that
national architectural culture should take in order to break
out of the ideological/planning impasse in which it found
itself. Several general problems had not yet been convincingly
answered: the period of economic boom did not foster
an adequate architectural civic presence, but had rather
led to rampant overdevelopment; the backwardness of building
technologies was viewed as a lost opportunity for development
in the prefabrication sector, in conjunction with the
disappointing experience of the INA-Casa plan; the management
of metropolitan zones, the provision of low-cost housing
to tackle massive internal immigration, and the conservation
of historical city centers continued to be unresolved matters.
Rogers’ editorial was followed by an inquiry involving several
leading Italian architects, who were asked to describe the
state of the discipline and to formulate recommendations on
possible strategies for dealing with the future. The youngest
delegates expressed nearly unanimous concern about recent
planning projects, which were marked by a predominantly
formalist approach. They also pointed out how the lack of
dialogue with political and social institutions had impeded
architectural solutions that might adequately resolve Italy’s
contingent problems. The ensuing discomfort was symptomatic
of a new crisis permeating the state of architecture at the
dawn of the 1960s.
Q-Index Code B1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Bilingual French/English ; Translated from Italian by Natalie Lithwick

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