Graphic satire and the public perception of architecture: a missing genre
Gabriele Neri (Milan, 1982) is an architectural historian and architect. He is currently Mâitre d’enseignement et de recherche at the Accademia di architettura of the Università della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Since 2011 he has been adjunct professor of History of Design and Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan. He holds a Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urban Planning (Polytechnic of Turin, 2011). In 2018 he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Fondazione Museo del Design (Triennale Milano).
Since 2008 he has been studying the relationship between graphic satire and architecture in the twentieth century in Europe, Australia and the US. This research project led to the publication of the volume Caricature architettoniche. Satira e critica del progetto moderno (Macerata, 2015), one of the first attempts ever to present an international overview and collection on the theme.
His research also focused on the work of the Italian architect and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. Gabriele Neri is the author of Capolavori in miniatura. Pier Luigi Nervi e la modellazione strutturale (Mendrisio, 2014) and the curator of an Anthology with Nervi’s writings. In 2017-2020 he carried out a research project on the work of the Studio Nervi in Africa.
The curator of numerous exhibitions, in 2015 he was awarded the Second Research Grant from The Design History Foundation (Barcelona-Valencia, Spain). His articles on architecture and design appear regularly in the cultural pages of Il Sole 24 Ore. He has recently written on the work of the Milanese architect Umberto Riva and on the architecture of the Olivetti company.