Analyzing Urban Change

Lucy Maulsby received her B.A. in Art History from Smith College, her M.Phil. in the History and Theory of Architecture from Cambridge University in England, before earning her PhD at Columbia University. Her scholarship focuses on the relationships between architecture, urbanism, and politics, with a particular emphasis on architecture in modern Italy. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, in scholarly journals, and organized a symposium on inter-war Italian urbanism at Columbia University. Her courses at Northeastern include World Architecture I and II, 19th Century Architecture and 20th Century Architecture. Her graduate seminar, The Modern Italian City, engages students with her current book project.


The Claiming of Modern Milan
 chronicles the fascist regime’s attempt to inscribe its objectives into the built environment as it advanced from a revolutionary movement to an established state power though the public architecture of Milan, the commercial and financial capital of Italy and the birthplace of fascism. Maulsby argues that the regime’s engagement with the Lombard capital must be understood against the background of the changing imperatives of fascism, the conflicts between the various agencies involved in the building process, contemporary architectural and urban debates, and the spatial and formal structure of the traditional city. By situating the dramatic transformation of Milan in its historical context, her analysis probes the relationship between fascism and the modern bourgeois city.