Architecture in a foreign language: how Italy has recognized foreign architecture in the last twenty years

Micheli, Silvia (2013). Architecture in a foreign language: how Italy has recognized foreign architecture in the last twenty years. In: Alexandra Brown and Andrew Leach, Open: The 30th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (985-996). 2-5 July, 2013.

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Author Micheli, Silvia
Title of paper Architecture in a foreign language: how Italy has recognized foreign architecture in the last twenty years
Conference name Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference
Conference location Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 2-5 July, 2013
Proceedings title Open: The 30th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference
Place of Publication Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Publisher SAHANZ: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780987605504
098760550X
Editor Alexandra Brown
Andrew Leach
Volume 2
Start page 985
End page 996
Total pages 12
Chapter number 73
Total chapters 73
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Italian architecture of the 1960s and 1970s, thanks to the remarkable design and theoretical contributions of the Tendenza group and the Radicali, soon become influential in the international scene. The intensity of this revolutionary intellectual activity started to wane at the beginning of the 1980s. The exhibition La Presenza del Passato curated by Paolo Portoghesi at the first Venice Biennale of Architecture held in 1980 and Manfredo Tafuri’s publication of the book Storia dell’architettura italiana 1944-1985, through different ideological assumptions, marked the inception of a structural crisis in architecture and opened new horizons for the discipline in Italy. In the last decade scholars have dedicated their studies to the recovery of Italian architectural history of the ‘’60s and ’70s. On the contrary, less attention has been paid to the development of Italian architecture in the following years. So what ever happened to Italian architecture since 1980?

Part of a wider critical study that takes into account new themes, such as the mutation of the Italian university system; the consolidation of a design method well appreciated abroad and the exaltation of the architect as practitioner and the subsequent lost of his intellectual and ethical role in society, this paper seeks to provide an introductory account of the history of contemporary Italian architecture since 1985. Focussing on the analysis of the reception of foreign architecture in Italy in the last twenty years, the paper aims to give an overview of the recognition of foreign architects and their work in the national context. It also tries to highlight how this “intrusion” has affected the crucial question of the existence of a national architectural identity in Italy. Through the examination of case studies, it has been possible to observe how these buildings, despite their peculiar architectural languages—sometimes selfreferential, sometimes contextual—have been useful instruments for re-activating construction activity in Italy after the dark years of Tangentopoli.
Keyword Italian architecture
History & criticism
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Thu, 26 Sep 2013, 09:38:53 EST by Silvia Micheli on behalf of School of Architecture