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Chi conosce Cesare Valle? Wer kennt schon Cesare Valle?

Harald Bodenschatz, Technische Universität Berlin, harald.bodenschatz@tu-berlin.de

Nonostante il loro lavoro sia fondamentale per lo sviluppo e la comprensione dell’architettura europea del periodo interbellico, la maggior parte degli architetti attivi durante la dittatura di Mussolini vengono tuttora trascurati. Questo atteggiamento sta però cambiando. Nel 2015 il lavoro dell’architetto romano Cesare Valle (1902-2000) è stato ampliamente illustrato in una mostra allestita a Forlì, incentrata soprattutto sulla sua attività in Romagna. Gli edifici progettati da Cesare Valle si sottraggono, come del resto quelli di molti altri architetti italiani, alle troppo facili categorie “tradizione” e “modernità”. Oltre a quella architettonica, la loro dimensione urbana è spesso molto caratterizzante. Il catalogo della mostra, molto esaustivo e ben redatto, è stato curato da Ulisse Tremonti: “Cesare Valle. Un’altra modernità: architettura in Romagna” (Bononia University Press 2015).

Noch immer werden die meisten Architekten der Mussolini-Diktatur übersehen, wenngleich ihr Werk für die Entwicklung und das Verständnis der europäischen Architektur der Zwischenkriegszeit unverzichtbar ist. Aber langsam ändert sich das. 2015 wurde in einer Ausstellung in Forlì das Werk des römischen Architekten Cesare Valle (1902-2000) unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von dessen Aktivitäten in der Romagna gezeigt. Die von Cesare Valle entworfenen Bauten entziehen sich, wie auch viele Bauten anderer italienischer Architekten, den einfachen Schubladen „Tradition“ und „Moderne“. Sie haben aber oft eine städtebauliche Dimension. Im Rahmen der Ausstellung erschien ein ausgezeichneter Katalog, herausgegeben von Ulisse Tramonti: „Cesare Valle. Un’altra modernità: architettura in Romagna“ (Bononia University Press 2015).

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Manifesto della mostra su Cesare Valle sulla facciata del Palazzo Comunale di Forlì. Ottobre 2015. Plakat zur Ausstellung über Cesare Valle am Rathaus von Forlì, Oktober 2015. Foto: Harald Bodenschatz, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Urbanism and Dictatorship – A European Perspective

Book presentation
Saturday, October 24, 2015. 4:30 pm
Ex GIL building, V.le della Libertà 2, Forlì (Italy)

Organized by the Cultural Route “ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century in Europe’s Urban Memory”

Guests: the editors Harald Bodenschatz, Piero Sassi and Max Welch Guerra; Patrick Leech (Cultural Route ATRIUM and University of Bologna) and Roberto Balzani (University of Bologna)

Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, piero.sassi@uni-weimar.de

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Gustavo Giovannoni e l’architetto integrale

Call for papers, international conference 25-26 November 2015, Rome
Organized by the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca with the collaboration of the Centro Studi per la Storia dell’Architettura and the University of Camerino


Harald Bodenschatz, Technische Universität Berlin, harald.bodenschatz@tu-berlin.de

Deadline for application submission is 20th September 2015.

Download call for papers > CFP_Giovannoni 2015

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Beyond the Great Beauty: Rescaling Heritage and Tourism

Call for papers, workshop 10-12 February 2016, Rimini
Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism (CAST), University of Bologna, with the collaboration of the ATRIUM Association

Patrick Leech, ATRIUM, patrick.leech@atriumroute.eu

The workshop will represent a framework in which to exchange ideas, experiences and research results about cultural heritage and tourism, with a particular focus both on the rescaling processes and the multilayered decision-making processes underpinning them.

Deadline for abstract submission is 30th October 2015.

Download call for papers > RSA2016_callforpapers2

Book reviews on architecture in fascist Italy

Eliana Perotti, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, eliana.perotti@gta.arch.ethz.ch

Four book reviews by Mia Fuller published on 29 January 2015 in „Architectural Histories – The open access journal of the EAHN“. Read full Text >

Architetti e architetture dell’“Era Fascista”

Book by Carlo Cresti. Florence: Angelo Pontecorboli Editore, 2015.

Maria Luisa Neri, Università di Camerino, neriml@alice.it

Contents:

5 Prologo
7 Progettavano in camicia nera
35 Il Monumento della Vittoria, di Marcello Piacentini, a Bolzano
49 Enrico Del Debbio e lo ‘Stadio die Marmi’ al Foro Mussolini
69 Adalberto Libera: il vincitore die ludi architettonici die fasci littorii
91 Mario Palanti: la frenesia architettonica da fascismo
149 Il ‘Colosseo Quadrato’ dell’E42
167 Gherardo Bosio: una breve, significativa presenza nell’architettura italiana degli anni Trenta
201 Episodi di monumentalità fascista in Puglia
219 Colonie marine e montane realizzate negli anni del fascismo
235 La cancellazione die simboli del fascismo: un inutile atto di iconoclastia

Download book description> Carlo Cresti_Architetti e architetture dell’“Era Fascista”

254 pages
150 figures
14,8×21 cm
ISBN 978-­‐88-­‐97080-­‐83-­‐1
€19.50

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Hans-Janssen-Prize 2014 to two doctoral dissertations on city production by Italian dictatorship!

Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, piero.sassi@uni-weimar.de

Der Hans-Janssen-Preis 2014 ging an zwei Doktorarbeiten, die sich mit der Stadtproduktion unter der Diktatur von Mussolini befassen. Es handelt sich um Christine Beeses “Neue Horizonte im Städtebau”. Die Form der Stadt bei Marcello Piacentini (1881-1960) und Simone Baders Moderne in Afrika. Asmara – Die Konstruktion einer italienischen Kolonialstadt 1889-1941.
Das UEDXX Netzwerk gratuliert Christine Beese und Simone Bader zu deren ausgezeichneten Forschungsarbeiten!

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Urbanism and Dictatorship – A European Perspective

Book presentation
Monday, May 4, 2015. 7 pm
Bücherbogen, Savignyplatz (Berlin)

Organized by Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz and Deutscher Werkbund Berlin e.V.

Guests: the authors Christine Beese, Harald Bodenschatz, Thomas Flierl, Christian von Oppen, Piero Sassi and Max Welch Guerra

Moderation: Claudia Kromrei (Deutscher Werkbund Berlin)

Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, piero.sassi@uni-weimar.de

Der Städtebau der europäischen Diktaturen in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts diente nicht nur der Herrschaftssicherung im eigenen Lande, sondern auch der Anerkennung durch die demokratischen Staaten. Nach der Machtübergabe an das nationalsozialistische Regime geriet er mehr und mehr zur Trumpfkarte im Wettbewerb unter den großen Diktaturen Europas – fast wie in der Zeit des Absolutismus. Jenseits aller Konflikte und politischer Orientierungen bestand ein intensiver fachlicher Austausch unter den Ländern Europas.

Eine nur nationale Sichtweise auf die Diktaturen ist daher nicht hinreichend. Der übergreifende Blick trägt nicht nur dazu bei, die Besonderheiten der jeweiligen Diktatur zu klären, er weist auch manch vereinfachtes Verständnis von deren Städtebau zurück. Das ist keineswegs nur von historischem Interesse: Die Auseinandersetzung mit Diktaturen ist immer auch Ausdruck unserer gesellschaftlichen Verhältnisse, unserer Erinnerungskultur, unserer Fähigkeit, alte und neue Formen von Diktatur zu erkennen – auch heute!

Das Buch diskutiert den Stand der Forschung zum Städtebau von fünf Diktaturen der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts und präsentiert exemplarisch neue Forschungsergebnisse.

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20th Century European Urbanism: Towards a Shared History

Lecture series at the Bauhaus University Weimar

Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, piero.sassi@uni-weimar.de
Max Welch Guerra, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, max.welch@uni-weimar.de

The debate on a common European identity is by no means novel. However, over the past few years the escalation of multiple crises and the consequent discussion about the future of the European Union have extended this debate to ever larger segments of society. A shared European history is a fundamental part of the European identity. Discussing it is today more important than ever. Professional and cultural exchange throughout Europe was very intense in the 20th century. It had a strong effect on urbanism in the individual countries. Therefore, the history of urbanism in Europe during the 20th century should be discussed in an international context, as a shared history. Within the lecture series, we will tackle some major issues, such as housing policies, large-scale projects and urban renewal in different geographical contexts (Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Russia and Cyprus) and historical periods. On the one hand, this will allow to underline similarities between case studies and to recognize the exchange of models, experts and know-how between different countries. On the other hand, by considering the single case study in a broader international context, this will make it possible to understand its peculiarities. Doing so, the lecture will take on a European perspective.

Download programme: 20th_Century_European_Urbanism_20042015 Urbanism in Europe_Karte Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Architecture as Propaganda in Twentieth-Century Totalitarian Regimes. History and Heritage

Conference at the Swedish Institute in Rome, 16-17 April 2015

Håkan Hökerberg, Istituto Svedese di Studi Classici a Roma, hkb@isvroma.org

The aim of the conference is to map and analyse the rhetorical architecture of twentieth-century European totalitarian regimes. Essential issues are to define rhetorical architecture, to examine if certain architectural styles tend to be associated with totalitarian regimes and how ideological propaganda is promulgated through architecture. An important aspect is how rhetorical architecture left behind by totalitarian regimes may be integrated into present day democratic states, and its potential as modern urban heritage. The current attitude toward fascist architecture in Italy will be discussed in relation to European countries that have a similar history but have developed different approaches to their controversial architectural heritage. The aim is to illustrate the consequences of these different approaches and also how history is used, what processes shape national identity and how heritage is produced.

The conference is organized by Håkan Hökerberg (Istituto Svedese di Studi Classici a Roma).

Download conference programme: Programme_Architecture_as_Propaganda

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