From fascism to the postwar era

The “two lives” of Cesare Valle, architect and urbanist

Authored by: Micaela Antonucci

The Routledge Companion to Italian Fascist Architecture

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

Print ISBN: 9780367348519
eBook ISBN: 9780429328435
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Roman engineer Cesare Valle (1902–2000) was a leading figure in 20th-century Italian architecture and urbanism, although his name is not widely recognized except among specialists in architectural history of the interwar period. His career can be divided into two ‘separate lives’. In the first one, from the mid 1920s until the early 1940s, he was one of the protagonists of fascist architecture, working in Italy and its colonies. In the second one, after World War II, he worked as an urban planning expert for the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport, playing a prominent role in postwar Italian urban-development policy.

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