The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Poetics within and Against Capitalism

The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Poetics within and Against Capitalism

Hardback Forum Project Publications

By (author) Pier Vittorio Aureli

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  • Publisher: PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1568987943
  • ISBN 13: 9781568987941
  • Illustrations note: 40 black and white
  • Sales rank: 809,240

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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 significant 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.

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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.

Table of contents

Autonomy and history -- Autonomy and the Left -- Autonomy and the intellectuals -- Panzieri: capitalism and technological innovation are one and the same -- Tronti: society is a factory -- Tronti and Cacciari: autonomy of the political and negative thinking -- Aldo Rossi: the concept of the locus as a political category of the city -- Branzi: the autonomy of theory versus the ideology of the metropolis -- Aftermath.