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The Routledge Companion to Italian Fascist Architecture

Reception and Legacy

Edited by: Kay Bea Jones , Stephanie Pilat

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367348519
eBook ISBN: 9780429328435
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429328435
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Book description

Today, nearly a century after the National Fascist Party came to power in Italy, questions about the built legacy of the regime provoke polemics among architects and scholars. Mussolini?s government constructed thousands of new buildings across the Italian Peninsula and islands and in colonial territories. From hospitals, post offices and stadia to housing, summer camps, Fascist Party Headquarters, ceremonial spaces, roads, railways and bridges, the physical traces of the regime have a presence in nearly every Italian town.?

The Routledge Companion to Italian Fascist Architecture investigates what has become of the architectural and urban projects of Italian fascism, how sites have been transformed or adapted and what constitutes the meaning of these buildings and cities today. The essays include a rich array of new arguments by both senior and early career scholars from Italy and beyond. They examine the reception of fascist architecture through studies of destruction and adaptation, debates over reuse, artistic interventions and even routine daily practices, which may slowly alter collective understandings of such places. Paolo Portoghesi sheds light on the subject from his internal perspective, while Harald Bodenschatz situates Italy among period totalitarian authorities and their symbols across Europe. Section editors frame, synthesize and moderate essays that explore fascism?s afterlife; how the physical legacy of the regime has been altered and preserved and what it means now. This critical history of interpretations of fascist-era architecture and urban projects broadens our understanding of the relationships among politics, identity, memory and place.

This companion will be of interest to students and scholars in a range of fields, including Italian history, architectural history, cultural studies, visual sociology, political science and art history.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The fascist legacy in the built environment Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Urbanism, architecture, and dictatorship Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Regarding the legacy of fascism: Interview with Paolo Portoghesi  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Section 1: Global capital Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana Download PDF
Chapter  7:  F is for … fluctuating symbolism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Contesting heritage Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The spaces between intention and reception Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Section 2: Conditional colonies Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Aeronautical Base Gianni Rossetti of the Italian regime in Leros Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Kallithea, Rhodes Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Failed state(s) Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Preserved for whom Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Section 3: Contested territories Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Beyond Italianization Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Guidonia, City of the Air Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Rural settlers and urban designs Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The legacy of the official borgate Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Section 4: Figures and frameworks Download PDF
Chapter  21:  From fascism to the postwar era Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The silence of modernity Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The University of Trieste during the period of the Allied Military Government Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The afterlife of typology and the resilience of fascist architecture Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The lessons of Fascist Rome Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Section 5: Fabricating fascism Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Casa della Madre e del Bambino in Trieste Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The reception of World War I monuments Download PDF
Chapter  29:  TransFORming Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Transfiguration and permanence Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Efficient linoleum Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Section 6: Remnants of Place Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Villaggio ENI Download PDF
Chapter  34:  1938: Mussolini’s visit to Genoa and its architectural heritage Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Piazza della Vittoria in Brescia Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Adalberto Libera between fascism and the Republic Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Section 7: Continuity or crisis Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Ojetti’s prophecy Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Problems of abstraction Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Monuments across the fascist divide Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Carlo Enrico Rava and the postwar legacy of fascism Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Small victories (“BZ ’18–’45”) Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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