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Asnago Vender and the Construction of Modern Milan

This is the first book in English to focus on the work of the Italian architects Mario Asnago (1896–1981) and Claudio Vender (1904–86), whose firm, Asnago Vender, transformed midcentury Milan. At the end of World War II, Milan was architecturally stagnant, with few recent constructions of interest to complement its historic core. Soon, however, Milan was the center of a number of remarkably creative architectural visions—not least of them that of Asnago Vender. Through their many building commissions, to which they brought a clean, modernist aesthetic, they helped to create the vibrant, architecturally unique city that visitors and residents enjoy today. This book weds lavishly produced illustrations of major projects and plans with insightful essays offering in-depth analysis of the conceptual and material aspects of Asnago Vender’s creations.

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248 pages | 82 color plates, 58 halftones | 9 1/2 x 12 | © 2015

Architecture: European Architecture


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Table of Contents

Introduction
Adam Caruso and Helen Thomas

Milan Ambiente
The Style of Tomorrow: Selected Works of Architecture by Asnago Vender
Giò Ponti
The Existing Environment and Themes in Contemporary Practice
Ernesto N. Roger
The Construction of the City
Aldo Rossi
Three Perspectives on Architecture and Urbanism in Milan, 1942-1972
Angelo Lunati

City Plan
Milan City Plan
Via Daniele Manin 33
Viale Tunisia 50
Via Euripide 1
Piazza Velasca 4, Via Alberico Albricci 8 & 10
Via Lanzone 4
Via Plutarco 15, Via Senofonte 9
Via Andrea Verga 4

Asnago Vender: Everyday Abstraction
Cino Zucchi

The Location of Milan, 1973-1998
Helen Thomas

City Buildings Milan, 1933-1962
Via Daniele Manin 33
Viale Tunisia 50
Via Euripide
Piazza Velasca 4, Via Alberico Albricci 8 & 10
Via Lanzone 4
Via Plutarco 15, Via Senofonte
Via Andrea Verga 4
First-floor plans

Constructing the Historic Present
Adam Caruso

Pictorial Construction
Via Daniele Manin 33
Viale Tunisia 50
Via Euripide 1
Piazza Velasca 4, Via Alberico Albricci 8 & 10
Via Lanzone 4
Via Plutarco 15, Via Senofonte 9
Via Andrea Verga

Bibliography
Index
Biographical Notes
Acknowledgements

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