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The territory of the project and its languages

In this article Gianni Contessi recalls the figure of Enzo Frateili, tracing a portrait that highlights the professional and human qualities, the family context in which he was formed and, above all, the cultural connections of this architect from Rome, marked by the disciplinary transversality of a career passed between teaching, conferences and prestigious assignments. Critic, historical and theoretical protagonist of industrial design, Frateili – who considered the design world as a totalizing universe – thus emerge among the key figures of the Italian design culture of the decades of the seventies and eighties of the last century.


This article is only available in Italian.

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato in AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, numero 9

Gianni Contessi

Gianni Contessi is a full Professor of Contemporary Art History at the Department of Humanities at the University of Turin where he also teaches “History and Criticism of Contemporary Art and Architecture” and coordinates the comparative section of the same Department. He taught at the Accademia di Brera, at the University of Venice and Udine. From 1979 to 1981 he was among the Triennale consultants in Milan and subsequently a member of the INARCH of Lombardy. He is a member of the International Association of Critiques of Art (AICA). He is author of essays and articles published in magazines specialized on history and critics of art and architecture. He is the author of books: Sulle tracce della metropoli. Testi e scenari 1895-1930 (2006); Vite al limite. Giorgio Morandi, Aldo Rossi, Marc Rothko (2004); Scritture disegnate. Arte, architettura e didattica da Piranesi a Ruskin (2000 ed. in french 2002); Il saggio, l’architettura e le arti (1997); Il luogo dell’immagine. Scrittori, architetture, città, paesaggi (1989); Architetti – pittori e pittori – architetti. Da Giotto all’età contemporanea (1985); Umberto Nordio. Architettura a Trieste 1926-1942 (1981).

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