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The FUNDAMENTAL ACTS propose a collective reformulation of five great themes of the human existence – LIFE, EDUCATION, CEREMONY, LOVE and DEATH – based on a palimpsest provided by Superstudio in 1972.


The FUNDAMENTAL ACTS were conceived as a series of films centered on the relationship between architecture and the acts of human life. The films were sketched in storyboard format and later published as a series of documents on the pages of Casabella. The first of them, Life: Supersurface, was shown at MoMA in the exhibition Italy, The New Domestic Landscape.


The FUNDAMENTAL ACTS contain the possibility of reintroducing a discourse on the relationship between architecture and ritual. They explore the spatiality of rituals and their structure, focusing on architecture as a technology at the service of memory. They fight against the impossibility of producing a truly monumental contemporary architecture. They imagine an architecture that is capable of expressing a complexity that goes beyond – and is inaccessible to – an ingenuous functionalism. They consider architecture not so much as the activity of providing shelter, but rather as the act of constructing something that will oblige us, our sons, the sons of our sons, to remember. They recognize the sweet and enigmatic beauty of many architectures for unknown ceremonies.


The FUNDAMENTAL ACTS have been (re)produced by a group of international contributors. Each contributor submitted a document that investigates a specific act. Every document contains material produced in different formats. It can include a text, a series of drawings, a catalogue of images, an architectural project, a storyboard, photos of models, photos documenting a performance… The number of pages in the document is free.


The FUNDAMENTAL ACTS have been produced by: Andrea Balestrero, Tatiana Bilbao, Stefano Boeri, Ciguë, Nick Ross, Point Supreme, Giovanna Silva, Alberto Sinigaglia, Jean-Benoit Vetillard, 2A+P/A and Davide Sacconi, Aristide Antonas, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Joana Rafael, Curtis Roth, Sauter Von Moos, Matilde Cassani, Louis De Belle and Bethan Huges, Go Hasegawa, Aaron Moulton and Jason Metcalf, Productora, Renato Rizzi, The Ship, WAI Think Tank, Laurent De Carniere, Lanza Atelier, Miniatura, Monadnock, Roosmarjin Pallandt, Stefano Zeni and Ester Ghislieri, Baukuh, Giulia Cenci, Ludovico Centis, Michele Marchetti, Marco Scapin, Giancarlo Zampirollo, Ganko, Stefano Graziani, Amedeo Martegani, Thomas Raynaud, Salottobuono.


The documents have been collected in five chapters of a book. The book has been edited in Milan, designed in Venice and exhibited in Mexico City.


edited by: Matteo Ghidoni

with: Giorgio De Vecchi, Nicolò Ornaghi, Francesco Zorzi

copy editing: Steve Piccolo

graphic design: Tankboys

published by: a+mbookstore, Milano

printed in Italy in 500 copies


price: 30€ + shipping (Italy 1,28€, Europe 8€, Outside EU 13€)

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Salottobuono is an architectural office run by Matteo Ghidoni in Milan. Salottobuono has served as editor of the “Instructions and Manuals” section of Abitare magazine (2007-10) and as creative director of Domus magazine (2011, 2012). The office has taken part in the Venice Biennale (2008, 2012, 2014), and designed the Italian Pavilion in 2010. Salottobuono published the “Manual of Decolonization” (2010) and “Fundamental Acts” (2016).


Matteo Ghidoni – architect – was a founding partner of the research agency Multiplicity from 2002 to 2006. His work with Multiplicity was exhibited at Kunstwerke in Berlin (2003), the Venice Biennale (2003), the Musée d’art moderne in Paris (2003), the ZKM in Karlsruhe (2004) and the Beijing Biennial (2004). Ghidoni founded the architectural office Salottobuono in 2005. He has been a guest professor at the Istituto Universitario d’Architettura di Venezia (Venice) in the Faculty of Architecture, the Politecnico in Milan, the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotà. He has given guest lectures at several schools and institutions including the Berlage Institute, Berkeley, and Columbia University. Ghidoni is co-founder and editor in chief of San Rocco, an independent international publication about architecture (www.sanrocco.info).