Riccardo Dalisi’s memorable design legacy of the Radical Sixties as inspiration for future Architectural Education

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Riccardo Dalisi’s memorable design legacy of the Radical Sixties as inspiration for future Architectural Education

The artist, architect, designer and poet Riccardo Dalisi was an original figure in the Italian art scene in the late 1960’s, and a leading exponent of individual creativity in the anti-design debate. Close to the radical movement of the 1970s, he rejected consumerist and functionalist values in the definition of space. Instead advocating a return to imagination as the driving principle of creation and creativity.

Following the anti-design movement’s criticism of technical progress and mass-production, Dalisi organized workshops in the Traiano section of Naples. Here children could make objects of all sorts of materials and experiment with "tecnica povera" (simple technique). It is an almost co-creative approach Dalisi continued to work with ever since, and became widely known for with the exceptional year-long collaboration on a Neapolitan coffeemaker together with the Italian manufacturer Alessi SpA.

Dalisi’s ultimate aim was to make design more personal, creative, and spontaneous again. But, from the standpoint of solidarity. He prepared the ground for a healthy pluralism, where ecology is a celebration of cultural diversity and a human condition. In doing so, Dalesi’s design genuinely sought to improve relationships between objects, spaces, built environment and human fulfilment.

In a time, where Danish architectural education is increasingly subject to technical perspectives on sustainability and digital teaching strategies, our paper interrogates how this ‘Dalisian’ perspective on solidarity was conceived, imagined and radically enacted in his designs – and ask what future architectural education can learn about social sustainability by looking at the design legacy of the Radical Sixties?
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Riccardo Dalisi’s memorable design legacy of the Radical Sixties as inspiration for future Architectural Education

The artist, architect, designer and poet Riccardo Dalisi was an original figure in the Italian art scene in the late 1960’s, and a leading exponent of individual creativity in the anti-design debate. Close to the radical movement of the 1970s, he rejected consumerist and functionalist values in the definition of space. Instead advocating a return to imagination as the driving principle of creation and creativity.

Following the anti-design movement’s criticism of technical progress and mass-production, Dalisi organized workshops in the Traiano section of Naples. Here children could make objects of all sorts of materials and experiment with "tecnica povera" (simple technique). It is an almost co-creative approach Dalisi continued to work with ever since, and became widely known for with the exceptional year-long collaboration on a Neapolitan coffeemaker together with the Italian manufacturer Alessi SpA.

Dalisi’s ultimate aim was to make design more personal, creative, and spontaneous again. But, from the standpoint of solidarity. He prepared the ground for a healthy pluralism, where ecology is a celebration of cultural diversity and a human condition. In doing so, Dalesi’s design genuinely sought to improve relationships between objects, spaces, built environment and human fulfilment.

In a time, where Danish architectural education is increasingly subject to technical perspectives on sustainability and digital teaching strategies, our paper interrogates how this ‘Dalisian’ perspective on solidarity was conceived, imagined and radically enacted in his designs – and ask what future architectural education can learn about social sustainability by looking at the design legacy of the Radical Sixties?
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Publication statusIn preparation - 2019
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo
EventInternational Interdisciplinary Conference The Radical Sixties: Aesthetics, Politics and Histories of Solidarity - University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 201929 Jun 2019
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/re/centre-for-design-history-research/cdhr-events/radical-60s

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ConferenceInternational Interdisciplinary Conference The Radical Sixties: Aesthetics, Politics and Histories of Solidarity
LocationUniversity of Brighton
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period28/06/201929/06/2019
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