Posted by Richard Haut on January 06, 2004 at 05:48:23:
In Reply to: Re: fascist era architecture in Rome posted by Donald on January 05, 2004 at 15:49:59:
the piazza della Vittoria in Brescia was designed by Mussolini's favourite architect, Marcello Piacentini.
it is difficult to say that the Fascist structures were not built by Mussolini. They were very heavily influenced by him, and many of the architects of the early 20th. Century in Italy were deeply political, from Antonio Sant'Elia and the Futurists onwards. (It is a chilling reminder that some of the letter-bombs sent to the European Commission during the last weeks have contained copies of books by Gabriele d'Annunzio).
the problem is that the bad side of the Fascist movement (which while vicious was very different from the Nazis) resulted in some wonderful and progressive architecture.
it is a fascinating subject and I am intending to do some investigations on the buildings and urban designs in northern/north-eastern Italy during the Fascist era.
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