A Comparison Between Renzo Piano and Franco Albini Although Renzo Piano and Franco Albini are of the same architectural school of thought, they came of age in decidedly different eras. Piano is of the post-World War Two period, when Europe was a continent utterly transformed by that great conflict, as if it had awoken from a long nightmare. Albini came of age in the decades that led to that nightmare – in a Fascist Italy that embraced Benito Mussolini and his acolytes even though their absurdities as national leaders were plainly manifest. While Piano has focused his illustrious career on playful yet ambitious buildings such as the Pompidou Center in Paris, and Albini focused primarily on the more intimate arenas of furniture and room...The end:
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