Giancarlo De Carlo

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Giancarlo De Carlo in the 1950s

Giancarlo De Carlo (12 December 1919 − 4 June 2005) was an Italian architect.[1]


Giancarlo De Carlo was born in Genoa, Liguria, in 1919. He trained as an architect from 1942 to 1949, a time of political turmoil which shaped his philosophy towards life and architecture.

Libertarian socialism was the underlying force for all of his planning and design. De Carlo saw architecture as a consensus-based activity: his designs were generated as an expression of the forces that operate in a given context, including human, physical, cultural, and historical forces. His ideas linked the CIAM ideals with the late twentieth century reality.[2]

Faculty of Education, Urbino. Photo by Paolo Monti, 1982.

De Carlo was a member of Team 10, along with Alison and Peter Smithson, Aldo van Eyck, and Jacob Bakema, among others.[2] Although his political beliefs have limited his portfolio of buildings, his ideas remained through his journal Spazio e Società - Space & Society, and his teaching at the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD).[2][3]

Giardino dei Novizi and roof of Heating Plant, University of Catania

De Carlo died in Milan in 2005.[4]

Honours and awards[edit]

De Carlo received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1995.[5]


Commencing in the 1950s[edit]

Commencing in the 1960s[edit]

  • 1961-1965, Municipal Masterplan for Milan (with Alessandro Tutino and Silvano Tintori).
  • 1961-1963, Summer Camp, Riccione.
  • 1962-1965, Collegio del Colle Student Accommodation, Urbino.
  • 1963, Restoration of retirement housing (Palazzo degli Anziani), Urbino.
  • 1966-1968, Faculty of Law, Urbino.
  • 1967-1969, La Pineta Quarter, Urbino.
  • 1967-1969, Mirano Hospital, Metropolitan City of Venice
  • 1968, Ca' Romanino (Casa Sichirollo), Urbino.
  • 1968-1976, Faculty of Education, Urbino.
  • 1969, Italian Pavilion, Osaka, Japan.
  • 1969-1972, Redevelopment, Piazza del Mercatale, Urbino.

Commencing in the 1970s[edit]

  • 1970-1975, Villaggio Matteotti Housing Development, Terni.
  • 1970-1972, Plan for the center of Rimini and San Giuliano.
  • 1971-1975, Restoration of Francesco di Giorgio's Staircase, Urbino.
  • 1973-1983, Student Accommodation, Urbino.
  • 1972-1985, Faculty of Engineering, University of Pavia.
  • 1977-1982, Restoration of the theater, Teatro Sanzio, Urbino.
  • 1977-1979, Elementary and Middle School, Buia/Osoppo, Udine.
  • 1979, Plans for the Redevelopment of the Historic Center of Palermo.
  • 1979-1985, Housing, Mazzorbo, Venice.

Commencing in the 1980s[edit]

  • 1980-1981, Restoration of the historic church and buildings of Cascina San Lazzaro, Pavia.
  • 1980-1981, Competition entry for Piazzale delle Pace, Parma.
  • 1981-1983, Restoration of the Prè area of Genoa.
  • 1983, New seat for the Scuola del Libro High School, Urbino
  • 1982-2001, Faculty of Medicine and Biology, University of Siena.
  • 1983-1987, Restoration of the historic boatshed, Cervia
  • 1986-2005, Carlo Cattaneo High School, San Miniato, Province of Pisa.
  • 1986-1999, Restoration of Palazzo Battiferri, Urbino.
  • 1986-2004, Restoration and Redevelopment of the Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena, Catania.
  •  ?-1989, Masterplan, historic centre of Lastra a Signa.
  • 1989-2005, Sports Complex, Mazzorbo, Venice.
  • 1989-1994, New Masterplan, Urbino.

Commencing in the 1990s[edit]

Commencing in the 2000s[edit]

  • 2000-2001, Competition entry for Ponte Parodi, Genoa.
  • 2003, Competition entry for the Porta Nuova Gardens, Milan.
  • 2003-2006, Housing, Wadi Abou Jmeel, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 2003-2005, Children's center, Ravenna.

Further reading[edit]

  • Benedict Zucchi (1992) Giancarlo De Carlo, Oxford: Butterworth Architecture ISBN 978-0-7506-1275-3
  • John McKean 'Il Magistero: De Carlo's dialogue with historical forms', Places (California/Cambridge Mass) Vol 16, No 1, Fall 2003 ISSN 0731-0455
  • John McKean, Giancarlo De Carlo, Layered Places, Stuttgart and Paris (2004), published in English by Menges (Stuttgart) and in French by Centre Pompidou as "Giancarlo De Carlo: Des Lieux, Des Hommes". ISBN 978-3-932565-12-0
  • John McKean, “Giancarlo De Carlo et l’experience politique de la participation”, in 'La Modernite Critique, autour du CIAM 9, d’Aix-en-Provence – 1953', ed. Bonillo, Massu & Pinson, Marseille: editions Imberton, 2006


  1. ^ January, 30; 2014. "Giancarlo de Carlo (1919-2005)". Architectural Review. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Spatial Agency: Giancarlo de Carlo". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ Wood, Adam (28 June 2018). "Giancarlo De Carlo: How to Keep Educational Architecture Human or Creative Anti-Institutionalism". Architecture and Education. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ June, 23; 2005. "GIANCARLO DE CARLO 1919-2005". Architects Journal. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Honorary Graduates - 1966 to present" (PDF). Retrieved 5 March 2019.

External links[edit]

  • [1] Faculty of Architecture, Università di Roma3. Students workshop and exhibition "Giancarlo De Carlo, Partigiano dell'Architettura" (Italian)