The book provides a stunning snapshot of Milan at the time of the economic boom, when new architecture was changing the city’s landscape. Sixty years later, the book has become a veritable historical document; here, it is enriched with descriptions and photographs documenting each building’s current state.
After the bombings of the war, Milan was reborn and flourished quickly. In this book first published in 1958, Roberto Aloi documents the building fervour that saw skyscrapers, office buildings, apartment blocks, schools, hospitals, libraries, museums, churches and theatres sprout across the city. Each of the 70 entries is an out-and-out identikit of the building, featuring photographs, details, drawings and plans.
In this edition – edited by Marco Strina, graphic designer and a scholar of Milanese architecture, and Marco Biraghi, a lecturer in History of Architecture at Milan’s Polytechnic – each building features a historical-critical fact sheet written by experts in order to provide the building’s critical and narrative framework. Existing buildings also feature recent photography by Stefano Topuntoli.