Search - List of Books by Manfredo Tafuri

Manfredo Tafuri (Rome, 1935–Venice, 1994), an Italian architect, historian, theoretician, critic and academic, was arguably the world's most important architectural historian of the past fifty years. He is noted for his pointed critiques of the partisan "operative criticism" of previous architectural historians and critics like Bruno Zevi and Siegfried Giedion and for challenging and overturning the idea that the Renaissance was a "golden age" as it had been characterised in the work of earlier authorities like Heinrich Wolfflin and Rudolf Wittkower.

For Tafuri, architectural history does not follow a teleological scheme in which one language succeeds another in linear sequence. Instead, it is continuous struggle played out on critical, theoretical and ideological levels as well as through the multiple constraints placed on practice. Since this struggle continues in the present, architectural history is not a dead academic subject, but an open arena for debate. In his view, like other cultural domains, but even more so, due to the tension between its autonomous, artistic character and its technical and functional dimensions, architecture is a field defined and constituted by crisis.

During the 1970s, Tafuri published important essays in Oppositions, the journal directed by Peter Eisenman. Although he always had a strong interest in this area of research, in the last decade of his career he undertook a comprehensive reassessment of the theory and practice of Renaissance architecture, exploring its various social, intellectual and cultural contexts, while providing a broad understanding of uses of representation that shaped the entire era. His final work, Interpreting the Renaissance: Princes, Cities, Architects, published in 1992, synthesizes the history of architectural ideas and projects through discussions of the great centres of architectural innovation in Italy (Florence, Rome, and Venice), key patrons from the middle of the fifteenth century to the early sixteenth century, and crucial figures such as Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Francesco di Giorgio, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Bramante, Raphael, Baldassare Castiglione and Giulio Romano.

Tafuri held the position of chair of architectural history at the University Iuav of Venice.

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Total Books: 30
Manfredo Tafuri Choosing History
2009 - Manfredo Tafuri Choosing History (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789076714301
ISBN-10: 9076714304
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Sobre el renacimiento/ About Rebirth
2007 - Sobre El Renacimiento/ About Rebirth [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788437613420
ISBN-10: 8437613426
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Interpreting the Renaissance Princes Cities Architects
2006 - Interpreting the Renaissance Princes Cities Architects [Harvard University Graduate School of Design] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780300111583
ISBN-10: 0300111584
Genres: History, Engineering & Transportation
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Giuseppe Terragni Transformations Decompositions Critiques
Venice and the Renaissance
1995 - Venice and the Renaissance (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780262700542
ISBN-10: 0262700549
Genres: History, Engineering & Transportation
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Houses of Cards
The Sphere and the Labyrinth Avant-Gardes and Architecture from Piranesi to the 1970's
Modern Architecture Vol 2
1987 - Modern Architecture Vol 2 [History of World Architecture] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780571145775
ISBN-10: 0571145779
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Modern Architecture / 2
1986 - Modern Architecture / 2 [History of World Architecture] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780847807611
ISBN-10: 0847807614
Genres: Arts & Photography, Engineering & Transportation
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Modern Architecture Vol 1
1986 - Modern Architecture Vol 1 [History of World Architecture] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780847807604
ISBN-10: 0847807606
Genres: Arts & Photography, Engineering & Transportation
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The American City From the Civil War to the New Deal
1983 - The American City From the Civil War to the New Deal (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780262530446
ISBN-10: 0262530449
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Architecture and Utopia Design and Capitalist Development
1979 - Architecture and Utopia Design and Capitalist Development (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780262700207
ISBN-10: 0262700204
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Theories and History of Architecture
Theories and History of Architecture (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780064301084
ISBN-10: 0064301087
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Vittorio Gregotti buildings and projects
Vittorio Gregotti Buildings and Projects [Architectural documents] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780847804504
ISBN-10: 084780450X
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Architecture et humanisme De la Renaissance aux reformes
Architecture Et Humanisme De La Renaissance Aux Reformes [Espace & architecture - French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782040044657
ISBN-10: 2040044655
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Projet et utopie De l'avant-garde a la metropole
Projet Et Utopie De L'avant-garde a La Metropole [Espace & architecture - French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782040068400
ISBN-10: 2040068406
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Retorica y experimentalismo Ensayos sobre la arquitectura de los siglos XVI y XVII
Retorica Y Experimentalismo Ensayos Sobre La Arquitectura De Los Siglos XVi Y XVii [Serie Arquitectura - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788474051063
ISBN-10: 8474051061
Genre: Nonfiction
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