Fundamental Acts


A project by Salottobuono which proposes a collective reformulation of five great themes of human existence: Life, Education, Ceremony, Love and Death. Conceived as a series of films centered on the relationship between architecture and the acts of human life, each theme took form as films—first, sketched in storyboard format and later, published as a series of documents on the pages of Italy's Casabella magazine. In this volume, the Fundamental Acts have been (re)produced by a group of international contributors, with each contributor submitting a document that investigates a specific act.

This volume explores the possibility of reintroducing a discourse on the relationship between architecture and ritual, exploring the spatiality of rituals and their structure, and focusing on architecture as a technology at the service of memory. The Acts 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 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, and successive generations, to remember. They recognize the sweet and enigmatic beauty of many architectures for unknown ceremonies.

Designed by Tankboys

Published by A+m Bookstore (Italy)
Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies

In English

Hardcover, 496 pages, full and single color printing, 8 × 5.1 inches

ISBN: 978-88-87071-65-8