Gustavo Giovannoni e la difesa delle bellezze naturali
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
Gustavo Giovannoni and the Protection of Natural Beauty
The issue concerning the protection of natural beauty had a very important position in the vast and articulated professional activities of Gustavo Giovannoni, so much as to significantly influence his own personality. Such is also attributed to the endless passion that the Architect had for the natural environment which accompanied him during the course of his entire existence. His commitment in this field is collocated in the context of the greatest international debate regarding the protection of the landscape which lasts for over thirty years, starting from “hands-on experimentation” to the formulation of legislative acts or of theoretical reflections on the argument. The path of this cultural course found its natural conclusion with the prestigious appointment of President of the Ministerial Commission for the adoption of the new law for «The Protection of Natural Beauty», approved on 29 June, 1939 (n. 1497), of which he was the principal inspirer.