Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Studies for buildings and electric co.

Considered the archtypal exponent of Futurist architecture right up to the end of the nineteen-thirties even though he was by no means the only one, the megalopolitan visions of Sant'Elia (1888-1916) are still a constant ideal point of reference within modern and avant-garde Italian architecture.
Born in Como, after qualifying as a master-builder he went to look for work in Milan, where he opened his own office.
He was one of the founders of the "Nuove Tendenze" group which in June 1914 exhibited at the "Famiglia Artistica" gallery.
Immediately he became an adherent of Futurism and "Lacerba" magazine for 1 August 1914 published his manifesto: L'Architettura Futurista.
Himself a socialist, in July 1915 he enlisted in the army along with the other Futurists and the following year he was killed taking part in an assault.
Stylistically influenced by the rigorous Viennese school of Otto Wagner and by the "vignettism" of Hoppe, in his representations of architecture there is an evident awaeness that the measure of the New City will be not the single building but the urban structure understood as the whole of its organic and interconnected relationships, recognising that the only starting point must be the "tumultuous life" of big cities.

Study for building (1913)
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Study for building (1913)
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Study for Electric Co. (1913)
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Study for Electric Co. (1914)
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