I mae­stri dell’uto­pia

The Ma­sters of Uto­pia

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“The­re was a ti­me when it see­med li­ke blue­prin­ts, dreams, and raw con­cre­te could chan­ge the world: the age of uto­pian ar­chi­tec­tu­re” (C’è sta­to un tem­po in cui sem­bra­va che pro­get­ti, so­gni e ce­men­to grez­zo po­tes­se­ro cam­bia­re il mon­do: l’età dell’ar­chi­tet­tu­ra uto­pi­ca). Co­sì ini­zia The Ta­le of To­mor­row, un ma­gni­fi­co viag­gio tra il Con­ven­to di San­ta Ma­ria de la Tou­ret­te e l’Uni­té d’Ha­bi­ta­tion di Le Cor­bu­sier, la Mon­treal Bio­sphè­re di Buck­min­ster Ful­ler, il São Pau­lo Mu­seum of Art di Li­na Bo Bar­di, la Mu­ral­la Ro­ja di Ri­car­do Bo­fill e tut­te quel­le co­stru­zio­ni vi­sio­na­rie, fu­tu­ri­ste, ra­di­ca­li che han­no se­gna­to e con­trad­di­stin­to gli an­ni Ses­san­ta e Set­tan­ta del XX se­co­lo. Un pe­rio­do di esplo­sio­ne crea­ti­va do­ve qual­sia­si pro­get­to, an­che il più stra­va­gan­te, po­te­va es­se­re rea­liz­za­to; do­ve gli ar­chi­tet­ti ave­va­no la con­vin­zio­ne, o la pre­sun­zio­ne, di po­ter cam­bia­re il mon­do, mi­glio­ra­re la so­cie­tà e la vi­ta de­gli in­di­vi­dui. Ope­re con vi­sio­ne co­rag­gio­sa e ot­ti­mi­sta che re­si­sto­no nel tem­po o che, al con­tra­rio, so­no sta­te ab­ban­do­na­te e di­men­ti­ca­te, ma che pos­sia­mo ri­tro­va­re gra­zie al la­vo­ro di ri­cer­ca di que­sto li­bro. Un omag­gio a un’epo­ca pas­sa­ta, a una po­si­ti­vi­tà che è an­da­ta sce­man­do ne­gli an­ni, ma che og­gi for­se più che mai gli ar­chi­tet­ti do­vreb­be­ro re­cu­pe­ra­re. (On prin­ted pa­per) “The­re was a ti­me when it see­med li­ke blue­prin­ts, dreams, and raw con­cre­te could chan­ge the world: the age of uto­pian ar­chi­tec­tu­re.” The­se are the ope­ning words of The Ta­le of To­mor­row, a ma­gni­fi­cent jour­ney of ex­plo­ra­tion of Le Cor­bu­sier’s mo­na­ste­ry of San­ta Ma­ria de la Tou­ret­te and Uni­té d’Ha­bi­ta­tion, Buck­min­ster Ful­ler’s Mon­treal Bio­sphè­re, Li­na Bo Bar­di’s São Pau­lo Mu­seum of Art, Ri­car­do Bo­fill’s Mu­ral­la Ro­ja and all the vi­sio­na­ry, fu­tu­ri­stic and ra­di­cal con­struc­tions that mar­ked out the de­ca­des of the 1960s and 1970s. A pe­riod of ex­plo­si­ve crea­ti­vi­ty in whi­ch any de­si­gn, even the mo­st ec­cen­tric, could be rea­li­zed; in whi­ch ar­chi­tec­ts had the con­vic­tion, or the con­ceit, that they could chan­ge the world, im­pro­ving so­cie­ty and the li­fe of in­di­vi­duals. Works of cou­ra­geous and op­ti­mi­stic vi­sion that ha­ve stood the te­st of ti­me or, on the con­tra­ry, ha­ve been aban­do­ned and for­got­ten, but that we can now re­di­sco­ver thanks to the work of re­sear­ch car­ried out for this book. A tri­bu­te to an era of the pa­st, to a po­si­ti­vi­ty that has fa­ded over the years, but that to­day pe­rhaps mo­re than ever ar­chi­tec­ts need to re­co­ver

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