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"Superstudio: Life Without Objects"


"Twelve Ideal Cities," 1972. Concept: Superstudio.

The Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning, and Design's final lecture of the 2003-2004 academic year presents architect and educator Peter Lang speaking on "Superstudio: Life Without Objects" at 7:00 p.m., May 12, in the Big 12 Room of the K-State Student Union. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Superstudio was an avant garde group of young architects in Florence, Italy who came together in 1966 to offer radical critiques of the state of the architectural profession through photo-collages, films and exhibitions.

Superstudio described its work thusly before a 1973 exhibition in Graz, Austria. "In the beginning we designed objects for production, designs to be turned into wood and steel, glass and brick or plastic, then we produced neutral and usable designs, then finally negative utopias, forewarning images of the horrors which architecture was laying in store for us with its scientific methods for the perpetuation of existing models."

Superstudio disbanded in the late 1970s, but the group continues to engender commentary and debate.

Peter Lang is co-curator with William Menking of an exhibition of Superstudio's work and is co-author of a monograph on the firm published in 2003 by Skira Press. The exhibition, originating at the Design Museum in London, is now traveling from New York (Storefront for Art and Architecture, Artists Space and Pratt University) to the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California.

Lang works on and writes about modern and contemporary Italian history and theory. He received his PhD in Italian history and urbanism from New York University in 2000 and completed his professional degree in architecture at Syracuse University in 1980. He has been teaching design theory studio at Texas A&M University's Santa Chiara Center in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy since the fall semester of 2001. He previously taught at the New Jersey School of Architecture and the Cooper Union.

The lecture is funded by the K-State Student Fine Arts Fee. Attendance can be submitted as continuing education credit by design professionals by contacting David Sachs, 785-532-5953, sachs@ksu.edu or by visiting www.arch.ksu.edu.


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