chapter  12
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Modernism against History: Understanding Building Typology and Urban Morphology among Italian Architects in the Twentieth Century

ByNicola Marzot

In the contentious debate on good urban form and appropriate building types that gripped the Italian architectural profession during the second half of the twentieth century, a crucial issue was the identification of the driving forces behind urban transformation and their interactions. In this debate, the so-called Early Modern period was considered to be an intellectual watershed in relation to which different theories and implicit manifestos arose. They produced a wide range of perspectives through which the reality of the built environment started being systematically investigated and framed via the construction of internally coherent representations, called “types.”