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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Curves of Modernism

We're admirers of curvilinear modernism, a 20th-century architectural style that combines the ordered discipline of pure rationalism with the playful energy and dynamism of the curve.

We have several examples from the byways of Rome, none from places where tourists are common, or where one normally looks for architectural wonders.

The first, visible from the platform at the Ostiense train station (we're referring to the Fascist-era building on the left of the photo), was probably intended as a central work station for the rail lines that move through the facility. You'll find it on Itinerary 4 in Rome the Second Time.

Another lovely arc (right) graces the top floor of a small apartment building in Monteverde, across from the bus stop on via Fratelli Bonnet, between via Carini and the wall.

Down the hill from there, in the back of the huge public housing project at via di Donna Olimpia and via Ozanam, you'll find the delightful set of concave curves
featured below.

And a great set of powerful balconies, racing around a corner.


Anonymous said...

Hello - always enjoyable to see what you're up to and Rome's curves. By the way - does your information on Pasolini & Monte Verde come from the booklet put out by the XVI Municipio with the Galileo Ferraris Liceo by any chance?

Dianne Bennett and William Graebner said...

I'm aware that the Municipio published a booklet, but no, I haven't seen it. I was wondering how I could get a copy. Bill