Radical period (design)  

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"A radical design operation would, thus, imply not so much returning to the protohistorical and functional reasons for the artifact's existence and stripping it bare of any social and private meanings it may have been assigned, but, rather, becoming conscious of this meaning-accrual process and designing the domestic environment in such an adaptive way that it may satisfy the requirements for the enactment of any play, regardless of its origin — whether Proustian or Strindbergian." --cited in Italy: The New Domestic Landscape

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Radical Design (original Italian Architettura Radicale) developed in Italy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It used new materials and bold colours, much like pop art did. It also drew on historical styles such as art deco, kitsch and surrealism, while at the same time questioning modernist design and architecture. Key groups and designers of the Radical style include Superstudio, Archizoom Associati, UFO, Gruppo Strum, Studio 65, and Ettore Sottsass.

The movement started with the Superarchitettura exhibition, held in Pistoia in 1966 and reached its climax in Italy with No-Stop City (1969) by Archizoom Associati and The Continuous Monument (1969 - 1970) by Superstudio.

The term Radical Architecture was coined by Germano Celant in 1972 in the book Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, a book in which the term radical was featured 49 times.

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