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dstncton and a ‘stronghod o progressve actvty’ due ntay to the presenceo Guseppe Samonà and, ater, o other nluenta archtects such as Caro Aymonno and Ado Ross. Today, however, ausons to ‘the Vence Schoo’generay reer to Taur and hs assocates n the Dpartmento d AnasCrtca e Storca de’Archtettura and then the Isttuto d Stora de’Archtettura, whch he ounded. In addton to hs own theoretca contrbutons, he payedan mportant rôe n hepng to cohere a sgnicant group o schoars andnteectuas who set out to use Marxst anayss – broady ramed by thepotcs o the New Let and what mght be understood as an extended, andmtant, Western Marxsm – to address the hstory (and uture) o archtectureand urbansm. Taur poneered coaboratve research-projects on suchthemes as: the emergence o the Amercan cty, wth Gorgo Cucc, FrancescoDa Có, and Maro Maner-Ea; on the exodus o Wemar soca-democratcarchtects and panners to the USSR, where they worked on constructonsassocated wth the irst Fve-Year Pan, wth Da Có, Cucc, Marco de Mches,and Bruno Cassett; and, wth Paoo Pva and Aredo Passer, on the Austro-Marxst housng projects o Red Venna.4 Hs own work was wde-rangng, wthnterests spannng rom the Renassance to contemporary archtecture. Heprovded one o the most sgnicant theores o the avant-garde and captastmodernty, and consdered archtectura practce – past and present – n thecontext o the ncreased soceta tendences towards abstracton and reicaton.Taur’s deas crystased n the context o debates on postwar reconstructon,the repercussons o the ‘economc mrace’ and the dsuson wth the poceso the Chrstan Democrats and, especay, the Let’s dsenchantment wth thecentre-Let government n the eary s. The debates o the Itaan socast andcommunst Let, and the nterna chaenges mounted by the ormaton knownas
, provded the more mmedate ramework.Taur’s wrtngs were dssemnated wthn the Engsh-speakng word nthe s and s. Ths essay consders, n partcuar, how Taur’s trenchant
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have prompted urther revsonsand orced caricatons, or whch I am very grateu.. Taur b, p. .. Accordngy, Per Vttoro Aure preers to dstngush an earer ‘Vence Group’ rom theTaur-assocated ‘Vence Schoo’ (Aure ).. See Cucc, Da Có, Maner-Ea and Taur (orgnay pubshed as Cucc, Da Có,Maner-Ea and Taur ) and Taur (ed.) . Taur returned to these subjects n
(Da Có and Taur , a, b) – see especay ‘The Attempts at Urban Reormn Europe between the Wars’ – and n
The Sphere and the Labyrinth
(Taur ; orgnay pubshed as Taur a). See aso Cohen, De Mches and Taur ; Taur b; Taur (ed.).. Taur b (irst pubshed n Itaan n ).