The Atlas of Contemporary Architecture is a cultural project promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities to promote and valorise the Censimento nazionale delle architetture italiane del secondo Novecento (National Survey of Late Twentieth Century Architecture).The primary objective of the Atlas is to describe Italy in original photographs and through multimedia storytelling.
Structured by Italy’s geographical layout, the portal is an on-line tool for learning about Italy’s patrimony of modern and contemporary architecture.
By intersecting different projects and themes, tags provided at the bottom of each descriptive chart allow users to construct their own critical and interconnected itineraries.
Three thematic structures are provided: itineraries, stories and maps.
Five general thematic areas comprised of more than one hundred works of architecture, all documented by dedicated photographic campaigns. Inspired by the economic boom of the 1950s and ‘60s, the ‘itineraries’ interpret qualities common to projects in different and often distant geographic contexts, allowing users to discover the points of excellence in late twentieth century Italian culture.
Ten more specific thematic areas, in some cases represented by the work of a single author, embodying a specific theme. Often part of the ‘itineraries’, the ‘stories’ describe how a broader narrative can produce different and intersecting readings and, consequentially, different interpretations.
Their recognition reinforces both the perception of their most representative works, as well as the themes illustrated by the principal itineraries.
The Maps Useful navigation tools for anyone looking to visit the different projects, the ‘maps’ allow users to construct a personalised local itinerary. The maps can be used to locate the projects comprising the five thematic itineraries and those of the ten stories. The maps can be accessed directly from the thematic itinerary to which selected works belong.