ARC439 Architecture and Fascism in Italy (Fall, Spring)

Open only to students in the Florence Architecture Program. This course delves into the complex historical discourse linking form, materials, aesthetics, and spatial compositions with the colonial reality of the Italian Peninsula. Engaging with the Italian landscape from the Risorgimento era to the post-Second World War years, the course examines major architects, including Terragni, Piacentini, Mazzoni, and others, alongside European anti-fascist intellectuals of the period, such as Antonio Gramsci and Rosa Luxemburg.

We will explore the relationship between architecture and empire through policies of internal and external colonization that constituted the backbone of Italian Modernism, focusing on how these policies regarding class, race, and gender shaped the lives of both colonial subjects and Italians alike.

This course has an associated course fee. See the Course Fees webpage for more information.

Pre-req: ARC 134.

Department: Architecture

Location: Florence

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3