The State of Architecture. Aldo Rossi and the Tools of Internationalization
Although architecture was historically considered the most public of the arts and the interdependence between building and the public realm was a key feature of the post-war discourse, the process of postmodernization undermined some of the traditional structures of power through which architecture operated. At the center of this shakeup was the modern structure par excellence: the State. This book analyzes the dissolution of the bond between architecture and the State through a double lens. First, this study is framed by the workings of an architect, Aldo Rossi, whose practice mirrored this transformation in a unique way, going from Mussolini’s Italy to Reagan’s America, from the Communist Party to Disneyland. The second lens is provided by a set of technological apparatuses that, in this pre-digital world, impacted the reach of the State and the boundaries of architecture. Drawing on the multifaceted root of the term “State,” this book sets out to explore a series of case studies that addressed the need to re-state architecture – both in the sense of relocating architecture within new structures of power and in the sense of finding ways to keep reproducing it in those uncharted territories.
Sebastiano Fabbrini is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University Iuav of Venice. He previously studied at the University of Ferrara, the University of California Berkeley and the University of Delft.