About the Book
44 monochrome photographs of the rationalist city of Sabaudia.
Sabaudia is one of several planned cities built on the reclaimed malaria-infested marshland of the Agro Pontino, south of Rome. Following a project by Leonardo Da Vinci, the marsh was drained upon Mussolini’s will, in order to provide housing communities for the population from the poorer areas of northern Italy.
Four young talented architects -Gino Cancellotti, Eugenio Montuori, Luigi Piccinato and Alfredo Scalpelli- won a nation-wide contest for Sabaudia’s development blueprint, and were responsible for the town plan and most of its buildings.
Work commenced on August 5, 1933 and was completed in 253 days.
Eighty years later Sabaudia still shows the beauty of its rationalist architectural concept combined with the metaphysics of Giorgio De Chirico’s urban paintings.
Features & Details
- Category Arts & Photography
Large Square, 12×12 in, 30×30 cm
- Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781320770941
- Publish Date Apr 13, 2015
- Language English
- Tags sabaudia, architecture, rationalism, modernism, marsh, mussolini, building, development, agro pontino, planned community, planned city, gino cancellotti, eugenio montuori, luigi piccinato, alfredo scalpelli
Born in Milan in 1954, Gianni Galassi makes his debut as a still-life photographer at 16. His second love, the movies, leads him to Rome in 1979. He is hired as spots and documentaries director, and later as features' screenwriter and assistant director. He is now involved in film and TV post-production, as company owner, dubbing director and dialogue writer. Besides he lectures at the Bologna University, the Fondazione Cini in Venice, at the Lazio Terra Summer School. He never stopped taking pictures.