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IL TRACCIATO URBANO | THE URBAN TRACE


Doctoral dissertation


One of the most important contributions offered by Italian culture to the architectural debate during the 20th century is the reaffirmation of the relationship between city and architecture as a determinant condition for the welfare of urban communities. Before that, the avant-garde movements denied this relationship, by opposing the building’s dissonant uniqueness, its irreducibility to contexts, and its formal inimitability to the syntax of the urban fabric. Thus, the utopian city of the avant-garde movements has been replaced, thanks to the Italian architecture culture, by a real city, designed on the basis of its inhabitants’ needs, and in dialogue with the preesistenze ambientali (existing buildings and ‘urban facts’), theorized by Ernesto Nathan Rogers. This doctoral dissertation investigates both the overall meanings and the singular expressions of the urban trace, intended as a system of signs. It focuses on the Italian architectural and urban production from the late 1960's to the early 1980's. Drawings and diagrams by the author act as a parallel history, with the intent to investigate some specific projects, and extracting by them new urban models or design strategies.





Lina Malfona, Il tracciato urbano. Logiche insediative e implicazioni architettoniche, forward by Franco Purini. Melfi: Edizioni Libria, 2012, 1-192.



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