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Materan Contradictions: Architecture, Preservation and by Anne Parmly Toxey

By Anne Parmly Toxey

formed through encrusted layers of improvement spanning millennia, the southern Italian urban of Matera is the last word palimpsest. referred to as the Sassi, nearly all of the traditional urban consists of hundreds of thousands of constructions carved right into a limestone cliff and clinging to its partitions. the consequent menagerie of varieties possesses a shocking visible uniformity and an ineffable attract. Conversely, within the Fifties Matera additionally served as a crucible for Italian postwar city and architectural conception, witnessed through the Neorealist, modernist enlargement of town that constructed in aversion to the Sassi. In one other about-face, the formerly disparaged cave urban has now been recast as a massive vacationer vacation spot, UNESCO international history Monument, and try out topic for ideas and strategies of protection. Set inside of a sociopolitical and architectural background of Matera from 1950 to the current, this ebook analyses the modern results of upkeep at the urban and surrounding province. extra generally, it examines the connection among and interdependence of renovation and modernism inside architectural inspiration. to appreciate inconsistencies inherent to upkeep, particularly its impression of catalyzing swap, the research lays naked planners' and builders' use of maintenance, specially for fiscal objectives and political will. The paintings asserts that renovation isn't really a passive, curatorial pursuit: it's a cloaked manifestation of modernism and a strong device frequently used to regulate economies. The learn demonstrates that maintenance additionally serves to persuade societies throughout the shaping of reminiscence and move of narratives.

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