Marchi, Virgilio

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Marchi, Virgilio (1895–1960). Italian Futurist architect and polemicist, he wrote Architettura Futurista (Futurist Architecture—1924) and Italia Nuova, Architettura Nuova (New Italy, New Architecture—1931), which extolled speed, modern techniques, and the ‘formal exaltation’ of machinery. He conceived architecture as sculpture to be inhabited, in visions of gigantic spaces and megalomaniac perspectives. He designed the Casa d'arte Bragaglia e Teatro degli Indipendenti, Rome (1921), probably the first Futurist work of architecture, and Il Teatro dei Piccoli di Vittoria Prodecca at the Teatro Odescalchi, Rome (1924–5).

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Anno Domini (In the Year of (Our) Lord), i.e. any year since the reputed birth of Christ from AD 1 onwards, li/1–2 (1981), whole issue;
Amico & Damesi (eds.) (1977);
Clough (1961);
Marchi (1924, 1931);
Pehnt (1973)