Book Launch: Neorealist Architecture: Aesthetics of Dwelling in Postwar Italy
Neorealist Architecture: Aesthetics of Dwelling in Postwar Italy is the new book by David Escudero, published by Routledge and awarded with a Graham Foundation grant. The first book launch of the book will take place on December 1st, at the Center for Critical Studies in Architecture CCSA (Frankfurt).
The book, beautifully illustrated with more than 120 images—most of them unpublished—explores the links between architecture, filmmaking, and the built environment in postwar Italy (194X–5X) seeking to ascertain whether, and how, neorealism manifested itself in architecture. It is the first book specifically oriented towards building an idea of "architectural neorealism". Hinted at in those years, the concept was internalized by Italian architectural history, but transfers between neorealism—as an aesthetic and ethic—and architecture—as one potential medium of its embodiment or expression—are still not fully understood. Therefore, the book provides an in-depth discussion of the concept of "neorealist architecture", demonstrating that the connection between both terms is not meaningless.