A challenging and polemical argument about the Automia 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 Automy introduces English speaking readers to major figures like Mario Tronti and Raniero Panzieri who have previously been little kwn 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.
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.