Call for Papers: Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period. Sorrento, 14-17 June 2018.

Session 24 at 38th annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS), Sant’Anna Institute.

Social change after WW I led to an accelerated change in the built environment. Within a broad stylistic scope of architectural and urban design projects, the structural DNA of Italian historic cities offered a basic planning guideline. Historic paradigms determined not only trends in conservation but guided new approaches to architecture as well as urban and landscape design. The result was not a single strategy to ensure continuity in urban planning and architecture, but a multiplicity of formal principles and trends. The session proposes to clarify what methods Italian architects and urban planners used to take possession of a ‘Roman’ or ‘Italian’ building and planning tradition, and how they accommodated it to the modernization of their country.

Please submit via e-mail a 200-300-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note and affiliation to Luigi Monzo ( by 30 December 2017. Please comply with conference guidelines .

The full call for papers can be found here.

The conference languages are Italian and English.

Session organizers and chairs: Luigi Monzo, University of Innsbruck (Austria); Carmen M. Enss, University of Bamberg (Germany)


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