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Lorenzo Pignatti’s research stems from a continual series of trips and studies undertaken over the last few decades in the Balkans, a region held by many to be a “middle-earth” or “semi-peripherical”. These trips have allowed the author to discover that during much of the 20th century the Balkans boasted a highly sophisticated urban and architectural culture with cities and buildings that have become objects of interest thanks to their overt yet unexpected modernity, discovering a neglected modernism that only now is beginning to emerge from anonymity.
This book attempts to analyse the reasons for modernity in the Balkans, starting out from the famous Voyage d’Orient by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret from 1911, in which the future Le Corbusier was the first to appreciate the originality of the architecture in the area. However, the modernity which developed in the years following the Second World War would not have existed without the figure of Josip Broz Tito, partisan and charismatic leader of Yugoslavia, who promoted with political and cultural far-sightedness a “socialist modernization” with a gaze turned both to the East and the West while holding fast to a political ideology that he interpreted in a free and original manner.
Nicola Di Battista director of L’Architetto magazine
Zoran Dukanović University of Belgrade (Serbia)
Maroje Mrduljaš University of Zagreb and director of Oris magazine (Croatia)
Lorenzo Pignatti G. D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara
Marida Talamona Roma 3 University
In collaboration with Lettera Ventidue