The Eccentric Outsider: Or, Why Reyner Banham Dismissed Giuseppe Samonà's Mega-Project for the University of Cagliari

Zuddas, Francesco (2018) The Eccentric Outsider: Or, Why Reyner Banham Dismissed Giuseppe Samonà's Mega-Project for the University of Cagliari. Histories of Postwar Architecture, 1 (3). pp. 50-71. ISSN 2611-0075

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Abstract

In 1976 Reyner Banham codified megastructure according to its mere pragmatism and lack of ideology, the essential qualities given by the British contribution – from Cedric Price to Archigram and their celebration of technology for a nomadic homo ludens. On this point he contrasted the Italian mega-architecture of the same period, dismissing it for its political collusions and figurative anxiety. While it is a truism that the postwar Italian architectural discourse was imbued in political ideology, Banham’s dismissal purposely misses out the intricacies of a period still awaiting thorough international reconsideration besides few recognised highlights of theorisation. By reviewing a neglected project whose gigantism is second to none of Banham’s examples – Giuseppe Samonà’s University of Cagliari – this essay digs into a chapter that ultimately reclaims its nature as outsider within the phenomenon of megastructure.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Reyner Banham, Giuseppe Samonà, Città Territorio, Tertiary Society, Italian Postwar Architecture, University Design, Postwar Architecture and Urbanism, Megastructure
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 14:59
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 14:59
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704257

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