Unbuilt: Gaetano Pesce


During a career spanning four decades, including commissions in architecture, urban planning and interior and industrial design, Gaetano Pesce has conceived public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. His guiding principle is that modernism is less a style than a method for interpreting the present and hinting at a future in which individuality is preserved and celebrated.

Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, Pesce studied architecture at the University of Venice and was a participant in Gruppo N, a collective concerned with programmed art, influenced by the Bauhaus.

He taught architecture at the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg for 28 years, at the Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, at the Domus Academy in Milan, at the Polytechinc of Hong Kong, at the Architectural School of Sao Paulo and at the Cooper Union in New York, the city he’s called home since 1980.


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