Superstudio was founded in 1966. Alongside head theoretician Adolfo Natalini the group included the architects and designers Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Roberto Magris, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Alessandro Magris and Alessandro Poli. In 1969 Superstudio presented a flippant retort to megastructure, as cutting as it was irritating: The Continuous Monument, An Architectural Model For Total Urbanisation.

The Continuous Monument, An Architectural Model For Total Urbanisation, 1969

Courtesy: Archivio Superstudio, Firenze

This was followed by Twelve Ideal Cities, published in AD Magazine in 1971, and Cinque storie del Superstudio: vita, educazione, ceremonia, amore, morte, which appeared in Casabella in 1973. Despite all their criticism of the megastructuralists’ expansionistic attitude, their collages and texts still betray a fascination with the idea which they could not entirely overcome.


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The Continuous Monument, An Architectural Model For Total Urbanisation, 1969

Courtesy: Archivio Superstudio, Firenze