chapter  2
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Manfredo Tafuri and the death of architecture

Manfredo Tafuri passed away on 23 February 1994. He was 59. The Italian philosopher

Massimo Cacciari gave an unforgettable funeral oration describing Tafuri as the master

of ‘signs and conjectures’ and not of ‘foundations and certitudes’.1 A few months later,

in January 1995, Casabella published a monumental monographic issue on Tafuri, with

articles by distinguished architects and scholars such as Vittorio Gregotti, Rafael Moneo,

Giorgio Ciucci, Howard Burns, Jean-Louis Cohen, Joan Ockman and many others.