Flippo Marinetti Analysis

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“… I stopped short and to my disgust rolled over into a ditch with my wheels in the air… Oh! Maternal ditch, almost full of muddy water! Fair factory drain! I gulped down your nourishing sludge; and I remembered the blessed black breast of my Sudanese nurse… When I came up – torn, filthy, and stinking – from under the capsized car, I felt the white-hot iron of joy deliciously pass through my heart!” – Filippo Marinetti in The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism
This passage from The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism poetically says that technological advances were at an all-time high in the dawn of the 20th century. This exciting time with revolutionary inventions such as the radio, the airplane, and the car hit the worldwide mainstreams.
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This movement was brought to life when Italian poet, Filippo Marinetti, flipped his car into a ditch. This seems like a ridiculous way for an entire movement to come about, but it isn’t. Place yourself in a time where everything is new. Driving a car is magical. Speed is relished. Danger became excitement. This world is what inspired Filippo Marinetti to bring a movement that endorsed energy and motion. A movement that broke down the barriers of the past and let imagination run as wild as you would let it. Big things were happening at this time and Marinetti was grabbing it by the …show more content…
An architect by the name of Antonio Sant’Elia was famous for his drawings, but unfortunately that was all there was. His drawings idealized the city as a functional machine. His drawings seem to claim that the city needed to be redesigned in order to accommodate the new scientific and technological advances taking place. There was no longer a need for the fancy styles, but only a need for functionality and simplicity. The drawings made by Sant’Elia featured different levels of transportation without the consideration of human scale. The buildings were drawn as massive constructs without landscape from eye-level perspectives which exaggerated the size of the complex. Means of vertical transportation were emphasized on the exterior. The car was, of course, a very influential aspect of the design. An unusual idea that came from the futurist movement was that of Antonio Sant’Elia. He said that “our houses will last less time than we do and that every generation will have to make its own” (Frampton). This idea is meant to inspire creativity and exploration of new technological advances, but it is a utopian idea and is certainly not

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