10 febbraio 2012

Where’s italian architecture?


Dov'è l'architettura italiana?  

Answer is: not received, for at least 20 or 30 years, I would add ...
It seems that on the international stage Italian architecture is absent (unjustified).
Yeah, all right, with the usual exceptions due to Piano and Fuksas!
So different one from each other, they just share the characteristic of being two exceptional and inimitable cases, and therefore "incapable" of creating a school and a wave of followers.

Do you know that Italian architects are 145 thousand, that is about 30% of all European architects, including Turkey, and Italy represents the European country with the largest number of architects both in absolute terms and in relation to the number of inhabitants? (data from CRESME 2011) The number has been growing and is more or less doubled since 1998.

However  it seems that increased number of professionals didn’t bring any benefits for architects.
Is it possible that, with so many architects, we can’t manage to have an architecture with more visibility on the international scene?
It seems that in the last years Italy didn’t produce any type of important architectural movement. This fact is quite worrying  for a culturally and historically important country as Italy. 

Especially if we consider that on the contrary there are countries such as Spain, Holland and Switzerland, just mentioning the more sensational cases, that continue “producing” quality architecture for many years.

Then some questions arise naturally:
where are italian architects?
who are them?
what are they doing?

Please, help me to discover it!!