Radical Architecture  

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"The troupe of designers and architects has hired new actors who, in Brechtian fashion, hold up new placards that praise the political commitment injected into a television set, a refrigerator, a poster, a Fiat condominium in Mirafiori, or an Italsider or Agip pilot village." --from the opening paragraph

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Radical Architecture" (1972) is an essay on radical architecture and design written by Germano Celant published in Italy: The New Domestic Landscape.

Excerpts:

"The idea of giving design a new ideological and operational dimension, so that it would no longer be available to serve as an instrument for neocapitalist infiltration, has been transformed into a populist 'socialization' of the same idea."
"All the new Italian architectureArchizoom, Superstudio, etc. — has asserted that its aims are conceptual and behavioral. Proclaiming itself as radical, it no longer wishes to be commercialized or alienated, or to renounce its own ideas and expressive attitudes. "




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