Molinari links the Postwar architectural season to an ambivalent design approach that moves between continuity and crisis; he describes a virtuous stage when “a harmony among context, history and modernity appeared feasible and as a key to the humanisation of modern architecture”.

Scrivano underlines the international reach of Italian topics. “Influences and exchanges” between the Italian peninsula and the rest of the Western countries were mutual and manifold, starting from the theoretical activities of some key figures such as Ernesto Nathan Rogers, Bruno Zevi and Adriano Olivetti – up to the CIAM attendance by some of the most important Italian designers of that time.