May/07
Valerio Paolo Mosco, Nader Tehrani, Anton Garcia Abril

Nude and Naked

“Recently we have been seeing the return to a naked architecture in many places: architecture that is stripped bare, wiped clean, anti-decorative, simplified not just in its forms but also in its conceptual machinery. It is a generalized phenomenon, from the bottom up, that makes no reference to a defined system of thought, has no putative fathers and it is not supported by any academic institution. What is certain that the return to nudity (for nudity in architecture is never an invention but always a return) represents a significant break with a past that has been seen the proliferation of works of architecture of quite another kind: dressed up, tending to conceal their bodies as much as possible. Frank O. Gehry’s well known Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao can be considered the epigone of this architectural season, nowadays at the end, that we could call of the “dressed architecture”, iconic symbol of post-modernism. The return today of the nude and naked architecture could be considered the sign of the fall of post-modernism; but there is a difference between naked and nude….”
-Valerio Mosco

Valerio Paolo Mosco, Nader Tehrani, Anton Garcia Abril

Valerio Paolo Mosco (1964) is a critic and architect based in Rome; He teaches Theory of Architecture at the University of Venice (IUAV) and History of Italian Architecture at the Politecnico in Milan; He wrote Naked Architecture (Skira, 2012); Steven Holl (Motta-Sole 24, 2010); Contemporary Public Space, Un-Volumetric Architecture (with Aldo Aymonino, Skira, 2006); an history of Italian Engineers (1950-2010) and a collection of his essays (Edilstampa, 2006). Valerio Paolo Mosco (1964) is a critic and architect based in Rome; He teaches Theory of Architecture at the University of Venice (IUAV) and History of Italian Architecture at the Politecnico in Milan; He wrote Naked Architecture (Skira, 2012); Steven Holl (Motta-Sole 24, 2010); Contemporary Public Space, Un-Volumetric Architecture (with Aldo Aymonino, Skira, 2006); an history of Italian Engineers (1950-2010) and a collection of his essays (Edilstampa, 2006).