0018 "Sia funzion la rappresentazione"
Carlo Lodoli and the Crisis of Architecture
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.
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