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A sober architectural weave

MoDus Architects

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Giuseppe Pagano was one of the most interesting figures on the Italian architecture scene. Restless and contradictory, he was often able to argue his point, reasoning from a broad perspective. In the 1930s, he and Edoardo Persico, co-editors of Casabella, sitting at desks facing each other, kept up a constant dialogue on topical issues: the role of architecture in Italy’s cultural and political scene, and how to relate to the Modern Movement the country was avidly importing, with surprising results. What these two men had in common was an unremitting aversion to the assertive, bombastic, monumental architecture championed by the regime. Pagano’s remedy was clear: there had to be a return to what he defined as “everyday” architecture, a restrained style than nonetheless expressed civic, social and environmental values. That was one side of...

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