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A Century of Futurist Architecture: From Theory to Reality

Version 1 : Received: 24 December 2018 / Approved: 27 December 2018 / Online: 27 December 2018 (11:31:13 CET)

How to cite: Asim, F.; Shree, V. A Century of Futurist Architecture: From Theory to Reality. Preprints 2018, 2018120322. Asim, F.; Shree, V. A Century of Futurist Architecture: From Theory to Reality. Preprints 2018, 2018120322.


The Italian Architect Antonio Sant’Elia is considered the father of Futurist Architecture, the one who envisioned the future of cities on the basis of the native population’s work culture and habitual traits. It has been a century since his ideas were introduced in his ‘L-Architettura Futurista - Manifesto’ and later circulated by F.T. Marinetti, today they are making a prodigious impact on the architecture style of the entire world. His revolutionary ideas percolated through the murky aftermath of 19th & 20th century art movements. His out-worldly pre-modernist principles gave rise to the notion of exclusive habitats for generations and started the post-war trend of housing typologies as an industrialized and fast track medium of creating ample habitats. This review paper outlines the ideas and design theory of Antonio Sant’Elia through the advancements and achievements of the 20th & 21st century architects and their significant difference with the rest of historical architecture along with identification of elements of futurist principles in different architectural movements. The paper also makes a deliberate attempt to establish a timeline of developments within the said premise for futurist architecture.


Futuristic Architecture; Neo-futurism; Deconstructivism; Modernism; Antonio Sant’ Elia


Engineering, Architecture, Building and Construction

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