A moral issue

  • Daniel Concha Universidad Diego Portales, School of Architecture


The Torre Velasca (1958), a high-rise building located in Milan and developed by the Italian architectural firm BBPR, was presented
by Ernesto Rogers, one of the firm partners, at CIAM 59’ celebrated at the Kröller-Muller Museum in Otterlo, The Netherlands.
The building became the centre of an international debate between Rogers and the English architect Peter Smithson, a discussion
concerning the continuation of the project of modernity in architecture. The article, through a precise recreation of the discussion,
demonstrates even though the architects preoccupations differ, they find a common ground in the question of architectural form.


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Cómo citar
CONCHA, Daniel. A moral issue. Materia Arquitectura, [S.l.], n. 09, p. 98-100, oct. 2017. ISSN 0718-7033. Disponible en: <http://materiaarquitectura.com/index.php/MA/article/view/183>. Fecha de acceso: 29 sep. 2020
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