Contemporary architectural education and the radical experiments in 1960s in Florence

Dario Pedrabissi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Today's architectural pedagogy follows a very conventional curriculum, which doesn't account for contemporary challenges. Therefore architectural schools need to reconsider the foundations of their design programs, focusing on experiments in architectural education, which are essential to raise new questions in relation to the contemporary world. During the 1960's, experimentation brought the creation of the Radical Movement in which all around the world, different academic groups have tried to redefine the foundation of architectural pedagogy, by eradicating the Modernist historical and formal bases from academic and institutional contexts. In Florence this process was facilitated by the sustained efforts of two great professors, Leonardo Ricci and Leonardo Savioli. The two are in fact the fathers of the new avant-garde architectural adventure, prioritizing social problems and architectural design inspired by intellectual creativity, thus a focus on this period can inspire new academic projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction and Urban Planning
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 International Conference on Structures and Building Materials - Guizhou, China
Duration: 9 Mar 201310 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)1022-6680


Conference2013 International Conference on Structures and Building Materials
Abbreviated titleICSBM 2013


  • Academic experiments
  • Architecture
  • Design pedagogy
  • Radical architecture


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