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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 based in Milan, directed by Matteo Ghidoni.


The studio’s work ranges from urban design to architecture, from temporary installations to exhibition design. Salottobuono is also constantly engaged in research, publishing and teaching activities. Always active in the international arena, the studio is currently in charge of developing public space and landscape redevelopment projects on behalf of several Italian administrations. Salottobuono relies on the collaboration of a network of specialists for the development of all phases of the project in its structural, plant engineering, economic and site management aspects. It also collaborates with consultants on landscape and environmental sustainability issues.


Matteo Ghidoni obtained his Master Degree in architecture at IUAV Faculty of Architecture in Venice in 2002. He 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 2007. 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 is currently Visiting Lecturer at the MIT Department of Architecture and Adjunct Professor at Politecnico in Milan. He taught design studios at the Faculty of Architecture in Genova, at IUAV Faculty of Architecture in Venice, 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, TU Wien, Vlaams Architectuurinstituut in Antwerp, Columbia University and USoA Miami. He has been studio leader at the Venice Studio organized by the Melbourne School of Architecture and at the Porto Academy hosted at FAUP.


In 2014 he was invited by Rem Koolhaas, director of the Venice Biennale, to participate in the Monditalia section with the research project Ground Floor Crisis. Among the recent projects designed and built by Ghidoni there are the winning proposal for a temporary restaurant for the 25th Biennale Interieur in Kortrjik, Belgium (2016), the pavilion for the Mèxtropoli Festival in Mexico City (2017), the e-flux pavilion for the Milano ArchWeek (2018), the new Urban Center for the city of Milan (2019) and the new addition to the Venice Casino in Ca’ Noghera (2020). His project for the market square of Sant’Agostino (Ferrara), designed in collaboration with Enrico Dusi and completed in 2020, has been awarded the prestigious Gubbio Prize as the best national intervention on an area of historical interest.


Since 2010, Ghidoni has been co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of San Rocco, an independent international publication about architecture. The editors of San Rocco were received the Icon Award in 2012 as the best emerging architecture practice. In 2012 and 2013, the magazine was awarded two grants from the Graham Foundation.