, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 3-14

Triennial 1951: Post-War Reconstruction and “Divine Proportion”

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Abstract

This research centres on the conference dedicated to the theme “Divina Proporzione” organised on the occasion of the 1951 Milano Triennale. Participating in the meeting were some of the most important art historians, architects, engineers, mathematicians and artists of the day: from a very young James Ackerman to Pier Luigi Nervi, from Le Corbusier to Carlo Mollino, from Lucio Fontana to Ernesto Rogers. That historic moment, even given the plurality of voices and approaches, represented the synthesis of a reflection that was as urgent as it was rich in implications, since it brought the concept of “proportion” into the very heart of post-war reconstruction.

Presented at Nexus 2012: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics, Milan, 11-14 June 2012