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Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.


38th annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies
Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy), June 14-17, 2018
Conference deadline: December 30, 2017

Session 24:
Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.


Social change after WWI led to an accelerated change in the built environment. Within a broad stylistic scope of architectural and urban design projects, the structural ‘DNA‘ of Italian historic cities offered a basic planning guideline. Historic paradigms determined not only trends in conservation but guided new approaches to architecture as well as urban and landscape design. The result was not a single strategy to ensure continuity in urban planning and architecture, but a multiplicity of formal principles and trends. The session proposes to clarify what methods Italian architects and urban planners used to take possession of a ‘Roman’ or ‘Italian’ building and planning tradition, and how they accommodated it to the modernization of their country.

Please submit via email a 200-250-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note and affiliation to Luigi Monzo (info@luigimonzo.de) by December 30, 2017. Please comply with conference guidelines: https://aais.wildapricot.org/conference_guidelines. 

The conference languages are Italian and English.

Session organizers and chairs: 

Luigi Monzo, University of Innsbruck (Austria) Email: info@luigimonzo.de 

Carmen M. Enss, University of Bamberg (Germany) Email: carmen.enss@uni-bamberg.de
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