The Project of Autonomy - Politics and Architecture within and Against Capitalism

Author(s): Pier Vittorio Aureli

theory and history | Princeton Architectural Press

A challenging and polemical argument about the Autonomia movement in Italy, a group of Italian intellectuals who produced a powerful and rigorous critique of capitalism and work in the 1960s and '70s, and its intersections with two of the most radical architectural urban theorists of the day: Aldo Rossi and Archizoom. The Project of Autonomy introduces English speaking readers to major figures like Mario Tronti and Raniero Panzieri who have previously been little known here, especially in an architectural context; and draws on siginficant new source material, including recent interviews by the author and untranslated material. Finally, the book includes beautiful illustrations related to the context of these intellectual and architectural movements, with reproductions of rare publications of the 1960s as well as seminal projects and exhibitions. A part of the FORuM Project Publication series published in association with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.

The Project of Autonomy radically readdresses the concept of autonomy in politics and architecture by tracing a concise and polemical argument about its history in Italy in the 1960s and early 1970s. Architect and educator Pier Vittorio Aureli analyzes the position of the Operaism movement and its intersections with two of the most radical architectural-urban theories of the day: Aldo Rossi's redefinition of the architecture of the city and Archizoom's No-stop City. The book draws on significant new source material, including recent interviews by the author and untranslated documents.


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Part of the FORuM Projects publication series; Presents an alternative interpretation of autonomy to the traditional ones in politics and architecture.; It is a close reading of seminal texts and projects that have traditionally either overlooked or misinterpreted.; It is an historical text but it is written in a time when to seriously and rigorously challenge capitalism s indisputable hegemony has become again relevant.

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His theoretical studies focus on the relationship between architectural form, political thinking, and urban history. Aureli teaches at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and the Technical University of Delft and has been a visiting professor at the Architectural Association in London and Columbia s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is a frequent contributor to Log magazine and a cofounder of Dogma, an architectural collective that recently won first prize in an international competition for a new city for 500,000 inhabitants in South Korea.

General Fields

  • : 9781616891008
  • : Princeton Architectural Press
  • : Princeton Architectural Press
  • : October 2012
  • : books

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  • : Pier Vittorio Aureli
  • : Paperback
  • : 120