The volume provides an orderly compendium of the vast output of Ludovico Quaroni (1911-1987), one of the protagonists of the neorealist current and the postwar reconstruction.
The volume provides an orderly compendium of the vast output of Ludovico Quaroni (1911-1987). Quaroni’s debut took place in 1935-1936 with the project for the Auditorium of Rome and the Master Plan of Aprilia. His career then moved toward a more courtly formalism expressed in the Palazzo dei Congressi and Piazza Imperiale at E42, works for which the author Pippo Ciorra applies the definition of ” imperial modernism”. After the war Quaroni designed structures that confirm the originality of the contribution offered by architectural culture to the stimulating period of postwar reconstruction. The project for the Termini Station in Rome, and then for the Tiburtino quarter, are the most significant episodes of the neorealist period, in which Quaroni worked side by side with another leading figure, Mario Ridolfi. These experiences also include the construction of the La Martella village at Matera (1951) and the memorable project for the shoals of San Giuliano facing Venice (1959). They are followed by thirty years of intense activity, including writings and teaching that made Quaroni one of the protagonists of contemporary architecture.