Reloaded Corviale, a City with a Single Building (1973–84). Mario Fiorentino Architect, Rome





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The Corviale is one of the most controversial pieces of 20th century Roman architecture, having been simultaneously debated, demonized, mythologized, loved and hated. The architecture is unquestionably extraordinary, and not only for its size. The complex, comprised of public housing and services for more than 8,000 residents, was designed between 1972 and 1974 by Mario Fiorentino, along with a large group of associates, and was built in the following ten years. As a result of deterioration due to its incompletion, lack of maintenance, continuous squatting and difficulties for diverse residents to coexist, the Corviale has, for years, represented the manifesto of disastrous public housing policies in Italy

How to Cite

Vittorini, R. (2016). Reloaded Corviale, a City with a Single Building (1973–84). Mario Fiorentino Architect, Rome. Docomomo Journal, (54), 44–51.




Author Biography

Rosalia Vittorini, University of Rome Tor Vergata

(b. 1956, Italy). Architect, associate professor at Rome Tor Vergata University. The research focuses on the evolution of building techniques with the aim of analyzing the relationship between architecture and construction. She was President of docomomo Italia.


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MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma, Collezione MAXXI Architettura-Archivio Mario Fiorentino.

REBECCHINI, Giuseppe, “La progettazione dei piani di zona”, Casabella, No. 438, 1978, 25–41.

Interview with Mario Fiorentino: transcribed: