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Bruno Zevi, 100 Years


A century has passed since the birth of Bruno Zevi, the critic and professor who upheld the social purpose of architecture and the organicism of Frank Lloyd Wright. Born in Rome in 2018, in 1938 he was forced by Mussolini’s anti-Semitic laws to leave Italy for London, eventually moving to the USA and graduating from Harvard GSD. Back in Italy, he was active in the anti-fascist struggle, combining this with teaching and writing. Books like Saper vedere l’architettura (1948), translated to English as Architecture As Space: How to Look at Architecture (1957), have influenced the thinking of several generations of architects. For his centenary, the Bruno Zevi Foundation has organized a broad program of activities, including a major exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome.

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