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Carlo Lodoli and the Crisis of Architecture

  • Cosim Ungureanu (Author)
    University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest

    Cosmin Ungureanu is an art historian with an unwavering interest in architectural history and theory. After having studied at the National University of Fine Arts in Bucharest (the Faculty of Art History and Theory), he embarked himself on a PhD at the University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest. His PhD studies are centered on an 18th century topic (ruin and nature in the Italian and French architectural theory). He published a number of articles, among which: "Roma Magna. În jurul unui tablou de Panini la Bucureşti" [Roma Magna. Around a Pannini's Painting in Bucharest], in Idei în dialog, No. 12 (51), Dec. 2008; "La bella machina del mondo. Andrea Palladio and the Harmonic Proportions", in Arhitext, XIII, May 2008.

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Similarly with the progressive turn from magic to sciences, architecture underwent a slow transformation starting with the last decades of the 17th century. Inevitably, the increase in rationality provoked the loss of the mythical component that still infused the Early Modern architectural theory. Carlo Lodoli's thought plays an important part in this process, as it carries forth the questioning of the authority of ancient knowledge, practice and aesthetics, while emphasizing the ethical function of architecture. This paper is an attempt to see Lodoli's theory through the lens of the coeval scientific achievements, while presenting him as an actor of the architectural crisis at the end of classical modernity.


18th century, architecture in Venice, theory of architecture, functionalism in architecture, representation, scientific objectivity, Carlo Lodoli, Francesco Algarotti, Andrea Memmo, Architekturtheorie, Venedig