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Superstudio

An Italian architectural and design group based in Florence in the late 1960s, which played a key role within the ‘anti-design’ movement of those years, Superstudio was established in 1966 by Adolfo Natalini and Cristano Toraldi di Francia. Between 1970 and 1972 they were joined by four other architects, who were involved in teaching at the University of Florence. They allied themselves with the student movement of those years and sought to develop a strategy for what they called ‘evasion design’. Their 1969 project ‘Il monumento continue’ (The Continual Monument), for example, moved architecture into the realm of the conceptual rather than the real, thereby allying it with contemporary fine art practice. The group was active until the late 1970s.