“Trend: La Tendenza” – Italian Architecture 1965-1985

Cantafora, La città banale, 1980Paris – In the period right after WWII, in Italy a new context of crisis opens up and leads to the creation of a new architectural movement.

Tendenza, which is not only the Italian translation for the word “trend”: a pioneering post-modern international architectural movement mainly created by Aldo Rossi, but also the exhibition taking place at the Centre Pompidou – Paris, (June 20th – September 10th, 2012) curated by Frederic Migayrou. The movement glorifies the so called political and critical architecture, with a particular attention to realism and rationalism, rejecting utopian ideas and advocating a return to more historical and classical forms. This collection, bringing together a selection of about 250 drawings, models, books, photographs, paintings, movies and magazines, forms a unique variety of documentary material including works by architects such as Mario Ridolfi, Carlo Aymonino, Paolo Portoghesi, Ernesto N. Rogers, Aldo Rossi, Gianni Braghieri, Antonio Monestiroli, Arduino Cantàfora and many others.

The exhibition appears to serve two intents. On one hand, it displays a wide rich panorama of works as never seen before (indeed, the Centre Pompidou flaunts the vastest collection of Italian architecture in the world); on the other one it might suggest different interpretations on the concept of trend as a becoming idea. Yet this seems to be a good way to remind the social role that architecture should cover.

Tendenza represents a seed that found fertile soil in Europe – in Germany thanks to Joseph Paul Kleihues, Oswald Mathias Ungers (Rem Koolhaas’s menthor); in France thanks to Christian de Portzamparc; in Switzerland thank to Mario Botta and Fabio Reinhart – and, of course, in the United States thanks to Peter Eisenman, who is to be considered responsible for the circulation of A. Rossi’s writings.

città analoga cantaforaThe aim of this trend was to research for a new architectural language, a typo-morphology. This critical attention would be mainly translated in an intense period of graphic production, as shown by A. Cantàfora’s masterpiece and manifesto titled “La Città Analoga” (created for the 15th Milan Triennale, 1973). It represents food for abstract thoughts on modern architecture and points the attention on a return to form. In fact, according to A. Cantàfora, this tendenza has its roots in the comparison between two pivotal moments of architecture history, which is to say the movement generated by Illuminists architects in XVIIIth century, and the one cof the avant-guards begun in the early XXth century. This 8 meters-long creation is almost an absolut consecration of the idea of urban space as an underpinning collective reason for existence; therefore architecture is seen and depicted as an expression of collective being, of a becoming process that keeps dealing with its own history.



Profile photo of Francesca Gordini About Francesca Gordini

Born in 1985 in Forli', a city on the eastern coast of Italy between the Adriatic sea and the Appennini mountains, Francesca was raised in an architectural and historical environment that inevitably touched her artistic sensitivity and led her to architecture school.
In fact she graduated with a Master's Degree at Faculty of Architecture "Aldo Rossi" - Alma Mater Studiorum Bologna in 2010, where she was taught that good architects can design "from the spoon to the town" (E.N.Rogers). This slogan prevented her from focusing only on a specific field while trying, instead, to experience every field of design. All in all we can design a chair, the same way we design a skyscraper.
She moved to Boston almost right after graduating. Here, trying to pursue further her passion for architecture, she has been involved in the Common Boston 2012 team, architectural lectures, artistic events and mainly the collaboration at the firm Carr, Lynch and Sandell, inc.
Almost bi-language, being an extremely creative and versatile person, Francesca enjoys photography and painting.
In leisure she likes climbing and flying on silks, in fact she joined a team of Aerial Dance: a way of experiencing life from different perspective. (For more of Francesca's work, click on her name at top of article)