Classical Lecture Series, Lecture III
Please join Steven W. Semes who will discuss Rome's rich and fascinating architectural history of the early 20th century. While the Rome of antiquity, the Renaissance, and the Baroque has always been an inspiration to architects and town planners, the city’s modern history also includes work that immediately attracts our interest but that has received less attention. While the modernist avant-garde is well known, the achievements of those who continued the classical and vernacular building traditions of Rome in the 1920s and 30s have been neglected. Post-war critics banished designers like Marcello Piacentini, Gustavo Giovannoni, Armando Brasini, and Innocenzo Sabbatini from the official history of twentieth-century architecture for stylistic, not political reasons. Now Italian scholars are presenting a more comprehensive picture of twentieth-century design in Italy, placing the traditionalists working in Rome between the World Wars not only within the context of the Italy of the time but, more importantly, within the international context of those who sought to continue inherited design traditions while adapting them to modern requirements. This talk will present an overview of architecture and urban design of great ingenuity and beauty that deserves to join the more familiar monuments of Rome in the minds and hearts of those who love classical art and architecture.
Steven Semes is Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. He was Academic Director of the Notre Dame Rome Studies Program 2008-2011 and currently splits his teaching duties between Rome and the main campus. Educated at the University of Virginia and Columbia University, he is the author of The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation (2009) and The Architecture of the Classical Interior (2004). His many articles have appeared in The New Criterion, National Trust Forum Journal, Change Over Time, The Classicist, Traditional Building and Period Homes. He has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory boards of the journals Change Over Time, OPUS, and Palladio. From 2013 to 2015 he was Editor of The Classicist for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), and was a Fellow and member of the ICAA faculty from 1997 to 2005. His current research focuses on the traditional architects of the inter-war period in Rome and the history of modern conservation theory and practice in Italy and the United States. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2005, he practiced architecture for over thirty years in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
This is the third lecture of the 2018 the Classical Lecture Series. The Series will also include:
October 24, Thomas Kligerman, Mining American Architecture: The Roots of a New American Style
November 7, Janice Parker, Historical Preservation in Landscape Architecture
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545 North La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Free for 2018 Classical Lecture Series Pass Holders
Individual Lecture Ticket: $30 - ICAA Members; $55 - General Public
The 2018 Classical Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support from:
Gordon Gibson Construction
The Nanz Company
Kitchell Custom Homes
Richard Holz, Inc.
Shawn Nelson Builders
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