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Townscapes in Transition

Transformation and Reorganization of Italian Cities and Their Architecture in the Interwar Period

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Carmen M. Enss(Hg.), Luigi Monzo(Hg.), Townscapes in Transition (2019), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839446607

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Beschreibung / Abstract

How did urban Italy come to look the way it does today? This collection of essays assembles recent studies in architectural history and theory exploring the historical paradigms guiding architecture and landscape design between the world wars. The authors explore physical changes in townscapes and landscapes, covering a wide range of architectural designs from strict modernist solutions to variations of regionalism, mediterraneanism and national style from all over Italy. Specifically, the volume explains how conservation, restoration and town planning for historic areas led to the production of heritage, and elucidates the role played by architects like Marcello Piacentini, Innocenzo Sabbatini, Mario De Renzi and Giulio Ulisse Arata.


Carmen M. Enss (PhD), born in 1975, is a researcher at the Centre for Heritage Conservation Studies and Technologies at the University of Bamberg. Her research links urban planning with heritage conservation.
Luigi Monzo (PhD), born in 1977, works as an architect in Germany and teaches architectural history and design at the University of Innsbruck. His research addresses the intersections between architectural culture, design process and political conditions in regimes of totalitarian aspiration, especially in fascist Italy.


  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Editing Cities in Interwar Italy
  • Tradition, Architecture, Homogenization
  • Piacentini and Unitary Architectural Directions for Italian Cities
  • The Concept of Tradition in the Theoretical and Aesthetic Debate from the 1920s to the Second Post-War Period
  • Urban Transformations
  • Transformations in Architectural and Urban Culture in the Sant'Ambrogio Area of Milan between the World Wars
  • Transformation and the Vertical City: Milan's Early Skyscrapers
  • The Transformation of Rome and the Masterplan to Reconstruct Moscow: Historical Heritage between Modernity, Memory and Ideology
  • Preserving the Old to Build the Modern: Visions of an Alternative Brescia in the Project by Pietro Aschieri
  • The Townscape of Bari: A Laboratory of Italian Urbanism during the Early Twentieth Century
  • Bermago as a Case Study
  • Restorations and Invention
  • Planning the Past I: Giulio Ulisse Arata; Urban Renewal in Emilia Romagna
  • Planing the Past II: Rimini and Forlì in the 1920s: The Replanning of Two Squares in Romagna
  • Architectural and Urban Transformations in Romagna during the Fascist Era between Tradition and Modernity: The Cases of Predappio, Forli and Imola
  • Autarchy and Tradition in the Architecture during Italy's Fascist Period: Newly Founded Cities
  • City Extensions
  • Urban Expansions in Venice, 1918-1939: Continuity of the Urban Form in the Internal Periphery of the Residential Area of Santa Maria
  • Innocenzo Sabbatini and the Construction of Modern Rome
  • Acknowledgements
  • ’Terms and Conditions’ of Interwar Architecture and Urbanism in Italy: A Tentative Glossary
  • Authors

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