The trajectory of Italian architect Andrea Branzi shows an enduring determination to dissolve architecture. This chapter provides a reading of said agenda from the point of view of today’s predicaments surrounding architectural and urban informality. Already in 1970, his group Archizoom Associati published the No-Stop City, a theoretical project that systematically undermined the canonical architectural object, advanced adaptable and transient habitats analogous to ecosystems and opened the door for an understanding of the city as an immaterial an ubiquitous condition. Paradoxically, this model for total urbanization also entailed the recovery of a number of anti-urban themes, such as nomadism or a pastoral dimension linked to a surprising neo-primitive condition. Later on, Branzi developed the “weak urbanization models” that further challenged the physical, functional, temporal and conceptual stability of architecture and, more recently, he put forward a vision of the 21st century city as a “high-tech favela.” Overall, the work of Andrea Branzi may help us challenge the dominant understanding of architectural and urban informality from a number of new, ignored or forgotten perspectives.
|Title of host publication||Informality through Sustainability|
|Subtitle of host publication||Urban Informality Now|
|Editors||Antonino Di Raimo, Alessandro Melis, Steffen Lehmann|
|Place of Publication||London, United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Dec 2020|