By Anne Leader

On 2 January 1907, Italian architect Luigi Moretti was born in Rome. He began his career there under the Mussolini regime, advancing through contacts in the fascist party. His postwar career saw the development of his “parametric architecture” theory and the founding of the architecture magazine Spazio (1950-3). Seven years later he started the Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca Matematica e Operativa per l’Urbanistica (IRMOU). He worked on projects worldwide, including the Watergate complex in Washington.

Reference: Michael Forsyth. “Moretti, Luigi.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press .

Watergate Complex, 1961-3, Washington D.C.

Gioventù Italiana del Littorio (fascist youth organization ) building, 1933-40, Rome

Mixed-use complex between corso Italia and via Rugabella, late 1940s, Milan

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