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Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period

38th annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)
Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, June 14, 2018Session 24

Luigi Monzo, University of Innsbruck,
Carmen M. Enss, University of Bamberg,

Social change after WW I led to an accelerated change in the built environment. Within a broad stylistic scope of architectural and urban design projects, the structural ›DNA‹ of Italian historic cities offered a basic planning guideline. Historic paradigms determined not only trends in conservation but guided new approaches to architecture as well as urban and landscape design. The result was not a single strategy to ensure continuity in urban planning and architecture, but a multiplicity of formal principles and trends. The session proposes to clarify what methods Italian architects and urban planners used to take possession of a ‘Roman’ or ‘Italian’ building and planning tradition, and how they accommodated it to the modernization of their country.

The conference languages are Italian and English.

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