The EUR was envisioned by Mussolini in the 1936 as the model for the Italian fascist city, reflecting the grandeur and scale of the buildings of Imperial Rome. Walter Benjamin described fascism as the   "aestheticization of politics" and, while the ideology which underpinned the buildings of the EUR has been superseded by their contemporary administrative use, the dilemma inherent in this architecture is this combination of their aesthetic glamour and the weight of their history. The buildings massive scale -while inspiring awe- undermines the human form- delegating the visitor to the role of audience rather than protagonist. 

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