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Savage Architecture exhibition and symposium.

On Tuesday November 29, 2016 the project Savage Architecture -an exhibition first hosted at Architectural Association in London and a book published by Black Square, both curated by Davide Sacconi- will be presented in a symposium at Kent State University in Florence. The project recounts the research at the intersection between architecture and anthropology developed in the last fifty years by Gian Piero Frassinelli (former member of Superstudio) and his recent collaboration with 2A+P/A (architectural practice based in Rome).

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A (Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo) will discuss the project together with Kyle Miller (Syracuse University in Florence), Gabriele Mastrigli (curator of the “Superstudio 50” exhibition at MAXXI), Marco Brizzi and Paola Giaconia (Kent State University in Florence); a unique opportunity to explore Frassinelli’s important role within the famous Florentine collective and to debate the long lasting influences and the operative potential of Superstudio’s work in the contemporary condition.

Savage Architecture presents a journey to the root of the relationship between architecture and man in four episodes. Departing from Frassinelli’s unpublished proposal for an Anthropology Research Center (1968), lingering on the dystopic and revealing scenarios of The Twelve Ideal Cities (1972), the trajectory culminates in the recent collaborative projects by Frassinelli and 2A+P/A for the Budapest Ethnographic Museum (2014) and the Central Archive of Human Cultures (2015). This fifty years-long journey among different experiments unveils the foundations of a project alternative to the current blind faith in the economic and technological reason. The anthropological gaze gives form to an architecture that is savage because it refuses to impose the power of reason over the symbolic, animal, vital and therefore political dimension of man.