MANFREDO TAFURI THEORIES AND HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE PDF

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For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser. Like other celebrities — though these are more usually found in the world of entertainment than in architectural history — a remarkable reputation has accrued to Manfredo Tafuri, furthering the spread of his name and his books; but it has also distorted his message, encouraging the miscomprehension of his thought. It must be admitted that Tafuri, with his occasionally wilful unintelligibility, was complicit in this himself.

But in fact his entire biography shows that, behind the mask of the provocateur, Tafuri intended the construction of a serious critical consciousness and a role for the architectural historian within it. As a student he joined protests against the backwardness and poor teaching of his professors, participating in the first occupations of Italian universities.

In the midst of this political activity he presented a thesis on the history of architecture — concerning the buildings of the Hohenstaufen monarchy in Sicily — rather than the required architectural project: a polemical gesture against the elderly academics who made up the degree committee, and who had been involved with the Fascist regime. From the early sixties on Tafuri focused his studies on the history of art and architecture his teacher was art historian Giulio Carlo Argan, who later became the first communist mayor of Rome.

For him Quaroni was the master of doubt, a model of the critical and self-critical architect who taught him the concept and the praxis of contradiction. In Tafuri published his canonical book Theories and History of Architecture. In the same year — after a short period of teaching at the Faculty of Architecture in Milan, where he replaced an ailing Ernesto Rogers, and another period at the University of Palermo — he won the chair of history of architecture at the IUAV in Venice.

He remained there for the rest of his life as director of the Institute then Department of History of Architecture, eventually becoming synonymously entwined with the city as leader of the so-called Venice School of architectural history.

In those years he also began to read the unorthodox Marxist writings of Walter Benjamin, and he met the young philosopher and future leftist politician Massimo Cacciari. Reflecting these two encounters, the topic that unites all the chapters of Theories and History is that of crisis: crisis of the architectural object, of the subject-architect, of ideology, of history, of critique, and of language. His next book, Architecture and Utopia , is closely related to Theories and History.

Retracing the development of architecture from the late eighteenth century to the beginning of the seventies, he concludes by discounting any possibility of utopia for the architecture of the era of late capitalism.

Utopia — and ideology, as its foundational assumption — go into crisis when they are realised. But for him the problem was more general: the whole of Modernity — and most of all, Late Modernity — is a time in which not only utopia and reality but every pair of opposites, every contradiction, cannot coexist. Unlike the Renaissance, Modernity is an era in which contradictions produce a mere sum of pluralities, of dissimilar multiplicities, within which each constantly aspires to prevail over the other, to assert itself — a war of all against all.

This was why, after ,Tafuri returned to his long broken-off studies of the Renaissance, which he had begun during the sixties for example in his book The Architecture of Humanism. So, for example, if the node of the Renaissance is in a productive, significant tension with the node of philology, the latter is also in tension with the node of the critique of ideology, which is in turn in tension with the node of contemporaneity.

And both epochs are in a productive, albeit different, tension with the nodes of utopia and reality. On this history constructed from tensions and contradictions Manfredo Tafuri worked his entire life.

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Its verifiability does not require abstractions of principle, it measures itself, each time, against the results obtained, while its theoretical horizon is the pragmatist and instrumentalist tradition. One could add that this type of criticism, by anticipating the ways of. Its attitude is contesting towards past history, and prophetic towards the future. We cannot pass abstract judgment on operative criticism. We canonly judge it after we have examined its historical origins and measured its effects on contemporary architecture: no other yardstick will do. Before Bellori's 'Vite there certainly had been a mmitment by theorists within a group or a movement, in the texts of onimo brunelleschiano and Vasari, for example as well as in those of omazzo and Serlio ; but it had always beenapartialcommitment, often ded and elusive. Vasari himself, although an enemy of the Sangallian circle, felt the need to show some objectivity in the biographyofAntonio il Giovane; in the same way Lomazzo's insults against Serlio are of particular nature, and would disappoint anyone trying to find in them a critical choice in the anti-Mannerist sense.

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Theories And History Of Architecture

Manfredo Tafuri Rome , 4 November — Venice , 23 February , an Italian architect, historian, theoretician, critic and academic, was described by one commentator as the world's most important architectural historian of the second half of the 20th century. For Tafuri, architectural history does not follow a teleological scheme in which one language succeeds another in linear sequence. Instead, it is a continuous struggle played out on critical, theoretical and ideological levels as well as through the multiple constraints placed on practice. Since this struggle continues in the present, architectural history is not a dead academic subject, but an open arena for debate. In his view, like other cultural domains, but even more so, due to the tension between its autonomous, artistic character and its technical and functional dimensions, architecture is a field defined and constituted by crisis. During the s, Tafuri published important essays in Oppositions , the journal directed by Peter Eisenman.

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