The evolution of the concept of living and the active role played by the Milan Triennial in the ongoing debate that centred on these themes from the Thirties to the end of the Forties.
[Housing in the Triennial. From the Park to the QT8]. The reorganization of the Fondazione La Triennale di Milano’s vast archive has resulted in scholars bringing to light important documents, sketches, drawings, antique photographs and plans, and enabled them to pursue in depth and complete analyses on many aspects of the evolution of the concept of living and the home.
This volume takes a look at the editions of the Triennial from 1927, when the Gruppo Sette, an avant-garde offshoot of the Rationalist movement, made its debut, to 1930, which featured the holiday homes designed by leading architects of the day and the memorable ‘Electric House’ by Figini and Pollini; from 1933, the year in which the Triennial was transferred from Monza to the Palazzo dell’Arte designed by Giovanni Muzio, in Milan, and architecture was accorded a leading role in the transformation of Italian society, right up to 1947, when the housing debate and the projects themselves focused on social problems. A long critical essay and many photographs are devoted to the Quartiere T8 (QT8), following the recent discovery of an important set of drawings documenting the various planning stages and the Triennial’s direct involvement.