The author’s goal “is not to tell a story but rather, from these examples, build a sequel that doesn’t have the commercial flaw of movie sequels, conceived to exploit a success in the past, but rather attempts to revive an unjustly-abandoned theme.”
However, in the twenty-first century the Mediterranean question is more complicated and layered than it was in the 1930s, something that does not transpire in the book. Only Luca Molinari, in the afterword, expounds upon this complexity: “The Mediterranean that returns the body of one of the giants of twentieth-century architecture is no longer the sea of harmony, the dream of a return to humanity’s origins for which the young members of CIAM set sail in 1933 from Marseilles to Athens; it is a mirror of what we know today as the unfurling decolonization process.”
Perhaps it would have been advisable to more strongly flag the project’s local approach, its focus principally on designs in Capri, Procida and Anacapri, pointing out the partiality of an approach rooted in the Neapolitan school of architecture.
That said, it remains a pleasure to embark on this nostalgic journey “to the golden Capri of the 1930s”, to a Mediterranean myth that, almost a hundred years after the event, we are unlikely to see rebuilt.
Title: Case fatte di sole. Vite possibili per architetture immaginate
Author: Concetta Tavoletta
Book design: Martina Distefano
Preface by: Fabio Mangone
Afterword by: Luca Molinari
Publisher: LetteraVentidue Editions
Year of publication: 2021