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Vesper No. 2 | Author-Matter | Spring-Summer 2020



Marko Pogacnik

A Network of Discordant Alliances. The Epistolary of Giancarlo De Carlo


The Archivio Progetti of Iuav in Venice preserves a large body of correspondence documenting the extensive contacts and friendship network that Giancarlo De Carlo was able to form during his long career. The bequest consists of over two thousand items in the personal correspondence alone, to which must be added letters grouped in separate batches relating to his professional activities, those drawn up as director of “Spazio e Societā” (1978-2001) and, finally, correspondence related to the ILAUD, an international school that he directed from 1976 to 2003. This already significant body of documents is complemented with correspondence in connection with his role as a member of the MSA – that he directed from 1955 to 1957, a period during which he also worked as editor at “Casabella Continuitā” – and with his involvement with Team X, from the CIAM conference in Otterlo in 1959 until their last meeting in 1981.

In this regard, the collection demonstrates De Carlo’s scrupulous care in managing his dense network of correspondents as part of the construction of his public image.





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