The UFO group was founded in Florence in 1967 by Lapo Binazzi together with Carlo Bachi, Patrizia Cammeo, Riccardo Foresi, Sandro Gioli, and Titti Maschietto. The group embodied the subversive creativity of the Italian Radical Architecture scene, striving toward a vision of social utopia and collective experience distinctive of the late 1960s. Architect, artist, and critic Gianni Pettena, based in Florence, belongs to the original core group of the Radical movement in Italy, together with members of Archizoom Associati, Superstudio, and UFO.

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Presented as part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Mitchell Lecture Series in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, in collaboration with EXPO Chicago /Dialogues and the Architecture & Design Society at the Art Institute of Chicago.