Following his graduation from the Faculty of Architecture in Florence in 1966, Andrea Branzi (born in 1938) created the Archizoom group with the architects Gilberto Corretti, Paolo Deganello and Massimo Morozzi, and the designers Dario and Lucia Bartolini. Against the backdrop of social and political turmoil of 1960s Italy, the group contributed to the rethinking of architectural theory through their critique of the capitalist system. Their No Stop City project (1968 – 1972) is a utopian critique promoting a city without quality in which the individual can only find fulfillment through his own free and personal creative activity. After the group dissolved in 1974 Andrea Branzi joined Global Tools, a school of alternative architecture and design. In 1981 he became an associate in Memphis, the firm founded by Ettore Sottsass, that was exploring the possibilities of design from the standpoint of its new relationship to man.
From 1983 to 1987 he directed Modo magazine and in 1984 founded the Domus Academy. He has authored numerous works on architecture and design, including The Hot House (1984), Nouvelles de la métropole froide (1992) or more recently Weak and Diffuse Modernity: The World of Projects at the Beginning of the 21st Century (2006). In parallel to his work in architectural criticism, Andrea Branzi continues to develop architectural and urban projects based on the “weak and widespread” models that characterize the contemporary city.
© Andrea Branzi
this video :
Andrea Branzi speech video
Thursday, 1st October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Agronica — Urbanisation faible – Weak Urbanization, 1995
2. Pinède d’architecture – Pineta di Architettura, 2007
© Agronica — Urbanisation faible – Weak Urbanization, Andrea Branzi
© Pinède d’architecture – Pineta di Architettura, Andrea Branzi avec – with Centro Ricerche Domus Academy