Italian Radical Education in the Age of Dissent
Lecture by Peter Lang

  • Italian Radical Education in the Age of Dissent
    Superstudio: five Fundamental Acts: Education. 1973. Superstudio Archive. Florence

What can explain the incredible burst of creative energy that fuelled a generation of Italian designers, producing such iconic post-war groups like Superstudio, Archizoom, 9999, U.F.O and Strum?

That which is most difficult to pin down with the Italian Radical Design movement is precisely its complex origins, there is no single school, master text, or figurehead that can be said to have dominated this generation. Rather, the Radical Design movement emerges in a moment of social and political upheaval, and comes to embody within its tenets a broad array of artistic, philosophic and humanitarian principles that drive this generation towards a revolutionary vision of the future.

Peter Lang is professor in Architectural Theory and History at the Royal Institute of Art, in the Department of Architecture, Stockholm (Kungl. Konsthögskolans-KKH), where he conducts post-graduate research courses in architecture, design and multimedia communications. Lang holds a Bachelor in Architecture from Syracuse University and earned a PhD in Italian history and urbanism at New York University in 2000. He is a Fulbright recipient in Italian studies. Lang works on the history and theory of post-war Italian architecture and design, with a focus on sixties Italian experimental design, media and environments. He has been a member of the Rome based urban arts research group Stalker since 1997. He is curator, along with Mark Wasiuta and Luca Molinari, of the exhibition "Environments and Counter Environments: Italy the New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 1972." 

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Other archival events from that cycle:

17:00 Workshops Learning from the CityPart three – a neighbourhood Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Guided tour in Polish Through the „Radical Pedagogies” exhibition Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Guided tour in Polish Through the „Radical Pedagogies” exhibition Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
12:00 For children Open actionsWorkshops for kids at the “Reconstruction Disputes” exhibition Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour Guided tour in EnglishThrough „Radical Pedagogies” exhibition Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
17:00 Guided tour Guided tour with VarsoviansGrzegorz K. Mika guides through „Reconstruction Disputes” exhibition Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
12:00 Guided tour Guided tour in Polish Through the „Radical Pedagogies” exhibition Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
18:00 Debate Architectural Education in the FutureDebate inspired by „Radical Pedagogies” exhibition Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
16:00 Workshops Inventing the CityWorkshops for junior high school learners during the “Reconstruction Disputes” exhibition Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw