Carlo Olmo, architectural critic and historian, introduces the Urban Legacy Seminar Series focusing on the contradictions and issues gravitating around contemporary urban challenges as heritage, preservation, culture and technology.
“The common places of the twentieth century no longer exist, and the narratives linked to these places are no longer sufficient to describe what remains of them. At the end of the last century we went from keywords based on the history of industry to keywords of urban nature founded on ‘absence’. Emptiness becomes heritage, and buildings or fragments of buildings come fully into the process of becoming legacy, highlighting the problem of the continuous reconstruction of a repressed memory. The challenge is to reconstruct a common-basis vocabulary with the necessary historical depth to redefine the legacy of industrial city. Today, this city needs the foundations of its own legitimacy, its own borders, and its actors and rhetoric.”
Carlo Olmo is professor Emeritus at Politecnico di Torino. He was the dean of the Architecture Faculty of Politecnico di Torino from 2000 to 2007. He taught at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Parigi, at Mit Boston and numerous other institutions. He is the author of: Architettura e Novecento (Donzelli 2012), La Villa Savoye. Icona, rovina, restauro (Donzelli 2016), Città e democrazia. Per una critica delle parole e delle cose (Donzelli 2018) e Urbanistica e società civile (Edizioni di comunità 2018).
The Urban Legacy Seminar Series were recorded at Politecnico di Torino during 2018.