Giancarlo De Carlo (1919-2005) is a major figure in the architectural debate and practice of 20th century for his capacity of listening, accepting and annexing the tensions of the city and its inhabitants. Born in Genoa in 1919 the son of a naval engineer, he spent his childhood in different port cities as Livorno, Trieste and Tunis. His university education in Milan Politechnic and in IUAV Venice provided the link with the modernist avant-garde, namely with Giuseppe Pagano and Ernesto N. Rogers and at the same time with William Morris.
His main contribution – for which he was appointed the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1993 – lies in his conception of architecture as militant profession, free from ideologies and stereotypes, sustained by exemplary project experiences in historical cities all over the world. The lesson of Giancarlo De Carlo will be presented through sketches and narratives of some key projects in historical cities as Urbino, Ancona and Siena.
Antonello Alici, architect, architecture historian and critic, based in Rome and teaching in Ancona, at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy. He has a long curriculum of travels and researches on the architects’ travels. This year he has travelled to the UK and specifically the University of Cambridge, where he a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, undertaking research on Leslie Martin and St.John Wilson.
His current research programmes are on the relations between Italian and British architects in the Post-war, on Aino and Alvar Aalto travels to Italy, and on the Travels to the North of Italian architects in the post-war. Since 2014 is the Program Director of the summer school ‘The Culture of City. Understanding the Urban Landscape’.