Lectures on Architecture

5 ottobre - 23 novembre 2015

2nd – 23rd of November 2015

Florence and the Radical avant-garde movements. Projects, actions, super-visions, extra objects

Seminar on the History of contemporary architecture

Lecturer: Patrizia Mello Department of Architecture. In collaboration with the University of Florence, Faculty of Architecture

Between the middle of the sixties and the middle of the seventies, Florence was experiencing a current of new thoughts and ideas arising from the Faculty of Architecture: these were to ignite a true revolution in the way of conceiving the space inhabited by men. It was the “radical” effect, an approach to “fundamental” issues concerning the future of architecture, coming to terms with the cumbersome heritage of thinkers of the Modern Movement and with their historical impact on society and politics. The process involved heterogeneous forces, including architecture, music, theater, with the common goal of overturning the assets of the time, speeding up situations and pace. Florence became the object of daring theories, of uninhibited and disinterested prefigurations. The tools of thought combined to create a fruitful interaction, drawing from the entire range of cultural expression. The radical avant-garde way of thinking spread to other Italian cities and echoed in Europe.

The seminar first of all aims at exploring the richness of thought of the main radical spokespeople (Archizoom, Superstudio, Ufo, 9999, Zziggurat, Gianni Pettena, Remo Buti) and of their contributions, with special attention to the ones addressed to the city of Florence. The analysis then moves on to ascertain the theoretical impact of such ideas with regard to the broader international change of languages and planning methods occurring in those years, but also their lasting impact with the distance of time. The purpose is also that of recreating the Florentine cultural ambience of the time, by including significant personalities external to the architectural field such as Sylvano Bussotti, Giancarlo Cardini, Giuseppe Chiari, Pietro Grossi, Mario Mariotti, Eugenio Miccini, Alberto Moretti, Maurizio Nannucci, Lamberto Pignotti, and many more.

Seminar’s schedule for November:

·     Monday, November 2, 3.30 p.m., UFO: Lapo Binazzi
·     Monday, November 9, 3.30 p.m., 9999: Carlo Caldini
·     Monday, November 16, 3.30 p.m., Gianni Pettena
·     Monday, November, 3.30 p.m., Remo Buti

The entrance, free with limited seats, does not include the access to the museum.