There is no doubt that the issues of this magazine, dedicated to a review of Italian architecture, document only a fraction of a much larger number of activities modifying our environment. That said, the 13 projects selected for this issue represent a multiplicity of themes, lines of research and languages that remain vital to Italy. This despite the fact that politics no longer recognises architecture as a source of quality and beauty or affords it the value of a tool of cultural and social growth as in the past. In a condition of marginality, pushed aside by other figures, only apparently competitive and part of ever more complex projects, bogged down by the fragmentation of specialisations and the magma of bureaucracy, some architects tenaciously resist; they continue to believe in the social utility of their craft, which they consider more than profession. The design themes against which they measure their work are generally linked to work for private clients and small – to medium-sized projects; large public projects, if and when they are realised, are the privilege of a rare few, with endless times for completion and excluding the involvement of younger generations, a priori. The private single – and two-family home, an important testbed and occasion for experimentation and growth for any architect, remains one of these themes, as demonstrated by three examples presented in this issue.
Another theme common to the majority of the projects selected for this issue is the transformation of the existing through interventions of reconfiguration, reuse and expansion; this theme dominates current architectural production and constitutes one of the principal challenges for architects. A challenge that implies new interpretations and processes of rewriting. Brownfields to be reabsorbed, schools to be made safer, more energy efficient, adapted to new educational requirements or placed at the service of a vaster urban community, buildings of value or, on the contrary, of no value that it would be more convenient to modify rather than demolish, become the object of interesting formal manipulations.
BRUNO ZEVI’S IDEAS IN ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE – Pg. 8
ECLECTICISM THROUGH CONTINUITY. THE UNEXPECTED VITALITY OF ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE – Pg. 12
Valerio Paolo Mosco
IAN+ BETWEEN UTOPIAN IDEAS AND REAL BUILDINGS – Pg. 20
– La via italiana al grattacielo negli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta. Tra invenzioni strutturali e dinamiche di cantiere – Pag. 108
– Contrastare il consumo di suolo: l’esperienza del progetto SOS4life – Pag. 115
– Architettura degli anni ’30 a Cosenza: il Palazzo delle Corporazioni – Pag. 118
LIBRI – Pag. 123
NOTIZIE – Pag. 124
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