Coming to the Palazzo Strozzi on October 20, 2017, the exhibition Radical Utopias: Beyond Architecture, Florence 1966-1976 will explore the radical movement in Florence through the lens of architectural experimentation.  The multimedia exhibition puts the work of artists, architects and collectives in relation to one another, many of which developed as a product of the student revolutions and in the aftermath of the 1966 flood.  Represented in the exhibition are groups like Archizoom, a Florentine student collective of the 1960s responsible for the “No-stop City” design–an urban grid that covered the entire world.  Also featured in Radical Utopias is the work of Gianni Pettena, who graduated from the Facoltà di Architettura di Firenze in 1968 where he would later become a professor of contemporary architectural history until 2008, and who was interested early on in the relationship between the built environment and the natural world.  Radical Utopias will be on view until January 21, 2018.

Further reading

Gargiani, Roberto. 2008. Archizoom. Lausanne: Ecole Polytechnique Federale.

Pettena, Gianni. 1996. Radicals: architettura e design 1960-75 = design and architecture 1960-75 : [VI mostra internazionale di architettura La Biennale di Venezia, Giardini di Castello, 15 settembre-17 novembre 1996]. [Venezia]: La Biennale di Venezia.

Archizoom, No-stop City, 1970, Casabella magazine.

Gianni Pettena, Tumbleweed Catcher, 1972, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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