The School of Architecture congratulates Professor Lucy Maulsby on her recently published book Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922–1943. Her book is the first English language account of the dramatic architectural and urban transformation of Milan carried out during the nearly twenty years of fascist rule. By focusing on Milan, the commercial and financial center of Italy and the birthplace of fascism, Maulsby challenges current scholarship about fascism’s engagement with the modern city, which typically takes Rome, the national capital and center of Mussolini’s government, as its primary example.
Her analysis focuses on the public buildings, from the relatively modest party headquarters to the grandiose public buildings, through which Mussolini intended to enhance the city’s image and solidify fascism’s presence. These projects show the extent to which Milan’s economic structure, social composit ion, and cultural orientation affected Il Duce’s plans for the city, demonstrating the influences on urban development that were beyond the control of the fascist regime.
Professor Maulsby will be giving a public lecture on this topic on March 10. 2014. The event is free and open to the public.
The book was published by the University of Toronto Press and is available on Amazon.