The Return of Superstudio and the Anti-Architecture Ideology

The Return of Superstudio and the Anti-Architecture Ideology



The Twelve Ideal Cities- 1971. Image via Fondazione MAXXI

The Twelve Ideal Cities- 1971. Image via Fondazione MAXXI

In the 1960s, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia and Adolfo Natalini, two Florence-based architecture students in their twenties, decided to undertake the substantial task of designing a new way for the citizens of the globe to inhabit the earth. Driven by the possibilities laid out in science fiction novels and the desire to prescribe design to solve the problems of their era, the duo, who dubbed themselves as Superstudio, sought to continuously reinvent their role in what it means to be an architect. Their solution was the creation of an “anti-design” culture as a means to provide commentary on politics, capitalism, and urbanism, by creating ideas in which everyone is given a functional space that frees itself of time, place, and the need for excessive objects.

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