Superstudio 1966-1973: From the World Without Objects to the Universal Grid


  • Fernando Quesada



The Italian group of architects Superstudio entered the architectural scene in 1966 with the exhibition Superarchitecture, an ironical commentary on cornucopia and the consumption of design objects. Between that show and the publication of a serial project called Life, Education, Ceremony, Love, Death in 1973, they developed a thorough critique of design and the professional role of architects in information society. This essay traces the development of Superstudio’s critical project, the evolution of their formal repertoire and their operative instruments, studying their designs, projects and texts.

Author Biography

Fernando Quesada

Fernando Quesada, architect ETSAM Madrid 1995, postgraduate studies at Columbia University 1998-2000, PhD in Architecture 2002. He is the author of La Caja Mágica, Cuerpo y Escena (The Magic Box, Body and Scene, Barcelona 2004), and was director of the journal O-Monografias between 2000 and 2010. He has been teaching architectural design at Alcala School of Architecture, Madrid, since 2001.