What does Archizoom's No-Stop city mean the cities of today? Archizoom has specifically been relevant because though my early research I was trying to understand how to describe the generic nature of cities and articulate some understanding of why. They use the tools and ideas of modernism to then critique it. Pier Vittorio Aureli hints at the first one many times in his writings about capitalism and architecture. That is a capitalist principle at its core, yet architecture design, architecture process, and every aspect of society has embraced it while seemingly attempting to question the impacts of capitalism within our society. I think by making these ties between Aureli and Archizoom it is clear that something within architecture discourse on its role within the city is no adding up.
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Like other radical architecture groups of the s, it reacted against modernist architecture and downplayed practical concerns in favor of an imaginative, science-fiction-like approach.
No-Stop City is based on the idea that advanced technology could eliminate the need for a centralized modern city. This plan illustrates a fragment of a metropolis that can be extended infinitely through the addition of homogenous elements adapted to a variety of uses.
Residential units and free-form organic shapes representing parks are placed haphazardly over a grid structure, allowing for a large degree of freedom within a regulated system. Strongly ironic but designed with committed political ingenuity, the proposal questions the normative character of the existing city and defends new conceptions of life as expressed in revolutionary urban form. Archizoom was a key participant in the "radical architecture" movement of the s, which reacted against modernist architecture and downplayed practical concerns in favor of a more imaginative, science-fiction-like approach.
The principle behind the No-Stop City was the idea that advanced technology could eliminate the need for a centralized modern city. The group members wrote, "The factory and the supermarket become the specimen models of the future city: optimal urban structures, potentially limitless, where human functions are arranged spontaneously in a free field, made uniform by a system of micro-acclimatization and optimal circulation of information.
This plan, drawn by Branzi, illustrates a fragment of a metropolis that can extend infinitely through the addition of homogenous elements adapted to a variety of uses. Free-form organic shapes—representing park areas—and residential units are placed haphazardly over a grid structure, allowing for a large degree of freedom within a regulated system.
Like a replicating microorganism, the city seems to subdivide and spread, lacking center or periphery. Andrea Branzi, a founding member of Archizoom, the Italian avant-garde architectural group begun in , was inspired by the urban utopias of the British group Archigram.
His Residential Park, No-Stop City, like other works of Archizoom, is a reaction against modernist architecture that explores the imaginative at the expense of the practical. In this drawing, which presents an idea rather than an actual plan, technology eliminates the need for a centralized city.
Biomorphic forms, placed haphazardly over an infinitely extendable grid represent acclimatized microenvironments, for example, green amoeba-like forms are parks, and the serpentine strings are housing units. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.
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No-Stop City, 1969
Archizoom, Andrea Branzi and the No-Stop City
No-stop City is an unbuilt project and documented in drawings. The drawings show an infinitely extending grid, subdivided by partial lines symbolizing walls, and interrupted only by natural features such as mountains. The photographs portray an endless and rather featureless space in which humans live as campers. Spaces are filled with rocks and branches, small pieces of nature brought inside the artificial world. Tents, appliances, and motorcycles show that basic needs are met, while other drawings show endless grids of bedrooms, perhaps containing the Dream Bed or Safari Chair. The No-stop City is an instrument of emancipation. A society freed from its own alienation, emancipated from the rhetorical forms of humanitarian socialism and rhetorical progressivism: an architecture which took a fearless look at the logic of grey, atheistic and de-dramatized industrialism, where mass production produced infinite urban decors.
Archizoom Associati was a design studio from Florence, Italy founded in The group that founded the studio consists of Andrea Branzi architect and designer , Gilberto Corretti architect and designer , Paolo Deganello architect and designer and Massimo Morozzi architect and designer ; later in the group was joined by Dario Bartolini designer and Lucia Bartolini designer. Archizoom organized his first exhibition called "Superarchitettura" in December along with the group Superstudio. The exhibition featured colorful projections and prototypes handled the concept of radical anti-design as dynamic sofa Superonda conception by Andrea Branzi produced by the company Poltronova. The next few years until its dissolution in , the group was in projects of modernist vision as the theoretical diffuse metropolis "No-Stop City" which featured the formulation of flexible interior products and places that are directed to a practice polychronic environment and constant construction activities in the city itself; idea behind the idealization of the breakdown of the traditional hermetic architecture in functions that trivialize and expand. The team produced a rich series of projects in design, architecture and large scale urban visions, a work which is still a fundamental source of inspiration for generations to come. Together with Superstudio , Archizoom invented "Superarchitecture", endorsing creative processes along the lines of Pop in architectural and design development, exemplified by objects such as the "Superonda"-sofa, still made by poltronova which invites unconventional postures by its waved shape.