Grand Vision; The Prospects for Radical Change

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 -

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Center for Architecture & Environmental Design

The two decades of the 60s and 70s were emblematic of political and societal transformations. With the events of May 1968, anti-war protests and womenʼs liberation movement, this climate of unrest marked the emergence of the radical or ʻcounter-designʼ movement which questioned the rationalism and functionalism of
modernity by proposing utopian ideas and manifestos that could reinvent cities and create a revolution in architecture Prospects for Radical Change exhibit offers the chance to explore the projects of fifteen individuals and collectives from this period, half a century after their existence. By crossing the disciplinary boundaries, these designers experimented with photomontage, film, graphics, literature, exhibition, installation, and performance. The retrospective turn has a panoramic view of the utopian designs not only focusing on
Florentine radicals but including the works from British visionaries, Californian avant-gardes, Japanese Metabolists, Viennese architects from the Austrian Utopian movement, and selected individuals such as Yona Friedman and Buckminster Fuller who had influenced the radical thinking of the time. Even though the utopian designs of these collectives were short-lived, the critical, conceptual, and visual characteristics of their work can still resonate with stagnation in todayʼs architectural thinking and socio-political problems of our time. reception for. The exhibit is opened weekdays only from 11 am - 2 pm.