The National Survey of Italian Architecture from the Late Twentieth Century is a map of contemporary architecture created to raise awareness about and promote this heritage.
The survey is used to identify works of noteworthy examples of architecture across Italy using an interactive online platform.
Initiated in 2000, the project is constantly being updated: the DGAAP manages the surveying and documentation of this heritage, what is more with the intention of issuing a “Declaration of Important Artistic Character” (Law 633/41).
The research is carried out in collaboration with the local Superintendents and the territorial institutions of the MiBAC (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism)..
The National Survey of Italian Architecture from the Late Twentieth Century,started in 2000 by what was then known as the DARC, developed in diverse phases. The coordination of the research was entrusted primarily to specialised university structures, with the MiBAC and/or local institutions involved in various ways.
The year 1945 was selected as the “zero degree” of the survey. Coinciding with the end of the Second World War, it also marked the beginnings of the Reconstruction. To some degree it also marked a rebirth in construction, technological innovation, housing policies and a reconsideration of the disciplines of architecture and urban planning (the temporal limit established by the Law – 50 years for private projects and 70 for public works – appeared to require more solid motivations, as is it by nature a fleeting limit that moves in time).
An evaluation matrix was developed to aid the selection of the works, based on bibliographic and historic-critical criteria; in particular, bibliographic verifications took into account the “critical fortunes” of a project, its mention in specific publications and its national and/or international recognition. Historic-critical criteria include elements tied to historic and architectural events, the evolution of cultural and professional debate, the importance of the role played by the work in its context and the notoriety and relevance of its author. Furthermore, information is obtained through site visits, photographic surveying campaigns, the acquisition of photographic collections and archival material.