Manfredo Tafuri

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Manfredo Tafuri (Rome, 1935 – Venice, 1994) was an Italian architect, historian, theoretician, critic and academic. He was one of the most important architectural historian of the second half of the 20th century.

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

Theories and History of Architecture [1968], 1976.
Architecture and Utopia: Design and Capitalist Development [1973], 1976, PDF.
The Sphere and the Labyrinth: Avant-Gardes and Architecture from Piranesi to the 1970s [1980], 1987, PDF.
  • L'architettura moderna in Giappone, Bologna: Cappelli, 1964, 174 pp. (Italian)
  • Ludovico Quaroni e lo sviluppo dell'architettura moderna in Italia, Milan: Comunità, 1964, 212 pp. (Italian)
  • Teorie e storia dell'architettura, Bari: Laterza, 1968, 358 pp; 2nd ed., 1970; 3rd ed., 1973; 4th ed., 1976; 5th ed., 1980; 1986; 1988. (Italian)
    • Teoría e historia de la arquitectura: hacia una nueva concepción del espacio arquitectónico, Barcelona: Laia, 1970, 287+83 pp; 2nd ed., 1977; Madrid: Celeste, 1997, 393 pp. (Spanish)
    • Theories and History of Architecture, trans. G. Verrecchia, London: Granada, 1976, 324 pp; New York: Harper & Row, 1976; 1980. Of 4th ed. Ch 4: "Operative Criticism". (English)
    • Théories et histoire de l'architecture, trans. Jean-Patrick Fortin and François Laisney, afterw. Hubert Damisch, Paris: SADG, 1976, xiii+397 pp. Of 4th ed. (French)
    • Teorias e história da arquitectura, trans. Ana de Brito and Luis Leitão, Lisbon: Presença, 1979, 275 pp; São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 1979, 275 pp; 2nd ed., 1988. (Portuguese)
  • Il concorso per i nuovi uffici della Camera dei deputati: un bilancio dell'architettura italiana, Rome: Edizioni universitarie italiane, 1968, 147 pp. (Italian)
  • Jacopo Sansovino e l'architettura del '500 a Venezia, Padova: Marsilio, 1969, 166 pp; new ed., 1972. (Italian)
  • L'architettura dell'Umanesimo, Bari: Laterza, 1969, 402 pp; 2nd ed., 1972; 3rd ed., 1976; 4th ed., 1980. (Italian)
    • La arquitectura del humanismo, trans. Víctor Pérez Escolano, Madrid: Xarait, 1978, 141 pp; 1982. (Spanish)
    • Architecture et humanisme: de la Renaissance aux réformes, trans. H. Berghauer and Odile Seyler, pref. & ed. Henri Reymond, Paris: Dunod, 1981, 207 pp; 1986. (French)
  • with A. Asor Rosa, B. Cassetti, G. Ciucci, F. Dal Co, M. De Michelis, R. Di Leo, K. Junghanns[sic], G. Oorthuys, V. Procházka, and H. Schmidt, Socialismo, città, architettura, URSS 1917-1937. Il contributo degli architetti europei, Rome: Officina, 1971, 342 pp; 2nd ed., 1972; 3rd ed., 1976. With Tafuri's "Il socialismo realizzato e la crisi delle avanguardie". (Italian)
  • with Massimo Cacciari and Francesco Dal Co, De la vanguardia a la metropoli: critica radical a la arquitectura, Barcelona: Gili, 1972, 205 pp. (Spanish)
  • with J.L. Cohen, M. de Michelis, et al., URSS 1917-1978: la ville, l'architecture / URSS 1917-1978: la città, l'architettura, Rome: Officina & Paris: L'Equerre, 1973, 371 pp. (French)/(Italian) For the exhibition L'Espace urbain en URSS, 1917-1978, Centre de création industrielle - CNAC Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1978.
  • Progetto e utopia: architettura e sviluppo capitalistico, Bari: Laterza & Figli, 1973, 174 pp. (Italian) Retraces the development of architecture from the late 18th C to the early 1970s, he concludes by discounting any possibility of utopia for the architecture of the era of late capitalism. Expanded from his essay "Per una critica dell'ideologia architettonica" (1969; EN: "Toward a Critique of Architectural Ideology", 1998).
    • "Para una crítica de la ideología arquitectónica", in Tafuri, Cacciari, Dal Co, De la vanguardia a la metropolis. Crítica radical a la arquitectura, Barcelona: Gili, 1972, pp 13-78. (Spanish) Published in conjunction with the 1972 Seminar on Urbanism II at ETS de Arquitectura, Barcelona.
    • Architecture and Utopia: Design and Capitalist Development, trans. Barbara Luigia La Penta, MIT Press, 1976, xi+184 pp. (English) Review: Puglisi (2013).
    • Kapitalismus und Architektur. Von Corbusier's 'Utopia' zur Trabantenstadt, trans. Thomas Bandholtz, Nikolaus Kuhnert and Juan Rodriguez-Lores, Hamburg and West Berlin: VSA, 1977. (German)
    • Ontwerp en utopie: Architektuur en Ontwikkeling van het Kapitalisme, trans. Umberto S. Barbieri, Cees Boekraad, et al., Nijmegen: Socialistiese Uitgeverij, 1978. (Dutch)
    • Projet et utopie. De l'avant-garde à la métropole, trans. Françoise Brun, ed. Ligia Ravé-Emy, Paris: Dunod, 1979. (French)
    • Projecto e utopia: arquitectura e desenvolvimento do capitalismo, trans. C. Jardim and E. Nogueira, Lisbon, 1985. (Portuguese)
  • with Giorgio Ciucci, Francesco Dal Co, and Mario Manieri-Elia, La Città americana: dalla guerra civile al New Deal, Bari: Laterza, 1973, xii+569 pp. (Italian)
    • The American City: From the Civil War to the New Deal, trans. Barbara Luigia La Penta, London: Granada, 1973, xiv+563 pp; MIT Press, 1973, xiv+563 pp; 1979. (English)
  • with Francesco Dal Co, Architettura contemporanea, Milan: Electa, 1976, 459 pp; 1979; 1988; 1992; 1998; 2000; 2003. (Italian)
    • Modern Architecture, 2 vols., trans. Robert Erich Wolf, New York: Electa/Rizzoli, 1976; London: Academy Editions, 1976; New York: H.N. Abrams, 1979, 448 pp; London: Faber, 1980; London: Faber, 1986; New York: Electa/Rizzoli, 1986. (English) Review: Curtis (JSAH 1981).
    • Architektur der Gegenwart, trans. Giorgio Bordin and Roland Tschrepp, Stuttgart: Belser, 1977, 455 pp. (German)
    • Arquitectura contemporánea, trans. Luis Escolar Bareño, Madrid: Aguilar, 1978, 461 pp; 1980; Buenos Aires: Viscontea, 1982; Madrid: Aguilar, 1989. (Spanish)
  • La sfera e il labirinto: Avanguardie e architettura da Piranesi agli anni '70, Turin: Giulio Einaudi, 1980, xxii+386 pp; 1988. (Italian)
  • Vienna rossa: la politica residenziale nella Vienna socialista, 1919-1933, Milan: Electa, 1980, 289 pp; new ed., 1995, 343 pp. (Italian)
  • Venezia e il Rinascimento: religione, scienza, architettura, Torino: Einaudi, 1985, xxi+313 pp; 1986; 1990; 1998. (Italian)
    • Venice and the Renaissance, trans. Jessica Levine, MIT Press, 1989, xi+296 pp; 1995. (English) Review: Romano (JMH 1991).
  • Storia dell'architettura italiana 1944-1985, Torino: Einaudi, 1986, xxi+268 pp; 1992; 1994; 1996; 1997; 2002; 2005. (Italian) Commentary: Leach (2002).
    • History of Italian Architecture: 1944-1985, trans. Jessica Levine, MIT Press, 1988, ix+269 pp; 1990. (English)
  • Ricerca del Rinascimento: principi, città, architetti, Torino: Einaudi: 1992, xxii+384 pp; 1993; 1994. (Italian)
    • Sobre el renacimiento: principios, ciudades, arquitectos, trans. Antonio Bonet Correa, Madrid: Cátedra, 1995, 316+64 pp. (Spanish)
    • Interpreting the Renaissance: Princes, Cities, Architects, trans. & pref. Daniel Sherer, foreword K. Michael Hays, Yale University Press/Harvard GSD Publications, 2006, xxxi+408 pp. [1] (English) Reviews: Leach (ATR 2006), Pellecchia (RQ 2007), Hermans (CAA 2007), Morman (Historian 2008).

Articles[edit]

  • "Le strutture del linguaggio nella storia dell’architettura moderna", in Teoria della progettazione architettonica, ed. A. Locatelli, Bari, 1968, pp 12-30. (Italian)
  • "Per una critica dell'ideologia architettonica", Contropiano 2 (1970), pp 241ff. (Italian)
  • "Lavoro intellectuale e sviluppo capitalistico", Contropiano2 (1970). (Italian)
  • "Social-democrazia e città nella Repubblica di Weimar", Contropiano 1 (1971), pp 207-223. (Italian)
  • "Austro-Marxismo e città. 'Das Rote Wien'", Contropiano 2 (1971), pp 257-311. Later enlarged as the introduction to Vienna rossa (1980). (Italian)
  • "L'Architecture dans le Boudoir: The Language of Criticism and the Criticism of Language", trans. Victor Caliandro, Oppositions 3 (1974), pp 37-62; repr. in Architecture Theory Since 1968, ed. K. Michael Hays, MIT Press, 1998, pp 148-173. (English)
  • "Ceci n'est pas une ville", Lotus 13 (1976), pp 10-13. (Italian)/(English)
  • "'European Graffiti' Five x Five = Twenty-five", trans. Victor Caliandro, Oppositions 5 (1976), pp 35-73. (English)

Bibliography[edit]

Interviews[edit]

  • Luisa Passerini, "History as Project: An Interview with Manfredo Tafuri", trans. Denise L. Bratton, ANY 25-26, New York, pp 10-70. Conducted Feb-Mar 1992 in Rome.
  • Françoise Very, AMC: Architecture mouvement continuité 39 (Jun 1976), pp 64-68.
  • Omar Calabrese, La tecnica delle avanguardie, Casabella 463-464 (Nov-Dec 1980), pp 98-101. (Italian)
  • "Manfredo Tafuri Interview", trans. Amanda Pearce, Transitions 2:3/4 (Sep/Dec 1981), pp 7-12. (English)
  • Fulvio Irace, Domus 653 (Sep 1984), pp 26-28.
  • Richard Ingersoll, Design Book Review 9 (Spring 1986), pp 8-11.
  • Giacinto Di Petrantionio, Flash Art 145 (Mar-Apr 1989), pp 67-71.
  • Ana Luiza Nobre, "Entrevista Manfredo Tafuri", au: arquitetura urbanismo 9:48 (Jun-Jul 1993), pp 66-68. (Brazilian Portuguese)

Literature[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Marco Biraghi, Progetto di crisi. Manfredo Tafuri e l'architettura contemporanea, Milan: Christian Marinotti, 2005. (Italian)
  • Andrew Leach, Manfredo Tafuri: Choosing History, Ghent, Belgium: A&S Books, 2007, 250 pp. (English) Review: Hermans (CAA 2007), Hartoonian (ATR 2007).

Special journal issues[edit]

  • Casabella 619-620: "Il progetto storico di Manfredo Tafuri / The Historical Project of Manfredo Tafuri", ed. Vittorio Gregotti, Milan, 1995. (Italian)/(English)
  • ANY (Architecture New York) 25-26: "Being Manfredo Tafuri", ed. Ignasi de Solà-Morales, New York, Feb 2000. [2] (English)

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Biographies