Wednesday, February 7, 2018


1950/56 Ludovico Quaroni (1911/87) with Mario Ridolfi (1904/84)
Area consisting of 8.8 hectares (22 acres) with 771 lodgings for about 4.000 inhabitants and unfortunately incorporated by the larger civil constructions built later
It belongs to a period, immediately after the Second World War, unfortunately short, during which the architects had in mind and still pursued the welfare of those who would live in the buildings they designed, not compromising yet with the lack of scruples of civil constructions companies
“One of the most representative examples of low-budget civil planning in the postwar period which, in terms of architectural research, is the manifesto of Neorealism. The recovery of popular culture is in opposition both to the rhetoric of the fascist regime, and to the icy and alienating experiences of internationalism in the postwar period. The project provides for the creation of an urban nucleus on a human scale, which gives the image of a small and sleepy town” (Giorgio Muratore)
“The enormous and rapid urban development, especially private, that has surrounded the Roman quarters of INA House, formally completed and isolated in the city of the Fifties, has expanded - not only to the Tiburtino IV - the bitter self-criticism formulated by Ludovico Quaroni already at the end the Fifties: to have created a village closed in itself and unable to communicate with the city. The attempt promoted by the plan to reconcile the necessity of living with that of building was modeled in its various territorial applications, but does not establish itself as a paradigmatic transformation of the city” (Alice Sotgia)

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