Architect: Adolfo Natalini

The Discreet Charm of the Bureaucratic

The Discreet Charm of the Bureaucratic

By Michael Abrahamson

When Henry-Russell Hitchcock drew a crooked line between the architecture of genius and the architecture of bureaucracy in a famous essay of 1947, he could hardly have predicted that within two decades, neo-avant-gardists around the world would embrace bureaucratic architecture because of its liberatory capacities—precisely the opposite reading of what… Read More

Tree Speech

Tree Speech

By Sylvia Lavin

The following text is the fourth of a series of four essays on trees in architectural drawings by Sylvia Lavin. The essays were first published in Log 49 (Summer 2020). Drawing Matter would like to thank the author and the journal’s editors for allowing us reproduce the essays on www.drawingmatter.org.… Read More

Superstudio: Monument Interrupted

Superstudio: Monument Interrupted

By Julian Lewis

The collages of Superstudio’s ‘Continuous Monument’ have always seemed to me like stills from an unseen film, each image framing a part of a wider scenography. Combining the collages does not make the larger reality of the monument any less elusive or fragmentary, akin to the way that remembered dreams… Read More

Peter Blake & Adolfo Natalini: From Mies to Mickey Mouse

Peter Blake & Adolfo Natalini: From Mies to Mickey Mouse

By Peter Blake

Sometimes, in the space between the archive and the library at Shatwell, we make nice conjunctions. Here together are Peter Blake in 1992, old and very angry, writing for Abitare about the decline of architecture in late twentieth-century America; and Adolfo Natalini in 1972, young and thrilled to have got there, sketching… Read More

Alternative Histories: Professur Lehnerer ETH & Klara Bindl On SUperstudio

Alternative Histories: Professur Lehnerer ETH & Klara Bindl On SUperstudio

Alternative Histories: Eagles of Architecture on Adolfo Natalini

Alternative Histories: Eagles of Architecture on Adolfo Natalini

Hope as an attitude.Hope in the merging of two conflictual realities.Hope when considering the multiplicity of realms around which the encounter revolves. The paradigm which lays at the heart of the SUPERSTUDIO sketch raises a series of urgencies, doubts, eventualities.The model aims at intensifying these. In the model, a shift… Read More

Alternative Histories: OMMX on Adolfo Natalini

Alternative Histories: OMMX on Adolfo Natalini

Alternative Histories: Point Supreme ARchitects on Adolfo Natalini

Alternative Histories: Point Supreme ARchitects on Adolfo Natalini

Alternative Histories: GAFPA on Superstudio

Alternative Histories: GAFPA on Superstudio

We received a sketch made by Superstudio, the Italian architecture firm renowned for its conceptual architecture works.In the famous 1966 exhibition ‘Super Architecture’ the squared grid is used in a variety of scales from the simplest objects of furniture, such as a table, to an urban landscape.Through a series of… Read More

Superstudio: in Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Superstudio: in Yesterday’s Tomorrow

By Eszter Steierhoffer

‘Metamorphoses become frequent when a culture does not have sufficient courage to commit suicide (to eliminate itself) and has no clear alternatives to offer either‘ – Adolfo Natalini Following social and economic upheaval, there is often a retreat to the home. Traditionally, the ‘home’ is identified with a site of… Read More

The Continuous Monument, Shatwell

The Continuous Monument, Shatwell

To provoke an archaeology of collage making Niall Hobhouse asked Adolfo Natalini and Gian Piero Frassinelli to prepare a last collage, some 50 years after the first Continuous Monument, to imagine that it had finally arrived at Shatwell.

Adolfo Natalini: The last supper

Adolfo Natalini: The last supper