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Peter Harnden. Tra Guerra Fredda e tradizione mediterranea

Julio Garnica

Abstract


Dopo la seconda guerra mondiale, l’architetto americano Peter Harnden fu nominato direttore del Servizio informazioni degli Stati Uniti di Parigi, il cui incarico era quello di promuovere il piano Marshall in Europa, con l’obiettivo di aumentare la produzione europea e il commercio americano. Per promuovere gli obiettivi del Piano furono organizzate, e fatte circolare in tutta Europa, oltre 400 mostre, sfruttando sistemi di costruzione prefabbricata e le possibilità offerte dalla pubblicità. Dopo aver fondato lo studio di progettazione a Orgeval, a cui presto si uni l’architetto italiano Lanfranco Bombelli, Harnden e il suo team si trasferiscono a Barcellona nei primi anni ‘60. A Barcellona, oltre a continuare le commissioni istituzionali ottenute, progettano sofisticate abitazioni private sulla costa mediterranea che, mascherate da “regionalismo”, sembrano anch’esse delle mostre espositive - con il loro esasperato senso del confort, gli spazi aperti e spaziosi, i mobili e i camini scultorei. In flanella grigia, con portamento diplomatico, o in espadrillas e una camicia sbottonata, davanti a un pubblico numeroso o in ambienti raffinati, la big band di Harnden eseguì per i vent’anni della sua carriera professionale, dal vivo, l’architettura Americana.


Parole chiave


Guerra Fredda; Tradizione Mediterranea; Harnden

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1283/fam/issn2039-0491/n47-2019/233

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