5 forgotten architectures you probably don’t know

After the experience as a virtual collective born in a Facebook group, Forgotten Architecture becomes a book. Here we present a selection of projects you might not yet know about, commented on by the volume’s editor Bianca Felicori.

In May 2019, the virtual experience of a Facebook group was born, dedicated to collecting and sharing forgotten or excluded architectural projects from the historical bibliography. The idea behind Forgotten Architecture is simple: to recover projects by little-known architects and works left in the shadows of the masters, to delve into “minor” figures. This noticeboard, coordinated and conceived by Bianca Felicori, quickly became a web phenomenon, giving rise to a real community of professionals in the sector and beyond.

Now this virtual experience is returning to the more canonical dimension of paper publication, with a book coming out entitled “Forgotten Architecture. An archive of completed and disappeared projects”, produced by Nero and Prima o Mai.


Translating the characteristics of collective and horizontal experience, the curatorial choice for the central body of the book uses the most frequently published architectural categories as a content track: ephemeral architecture, gas stations, discos and holiday villages, houses, playgrounds. Each chapter is then accompanied by a selection of projects published on the group, each of which is captioned with the name of the person who shared it. The book ends with the chapter famous forgotten, dedicated to Dante Bini, the architect known for having invented the Binishell construction system.

The pages contain written contributions by authors and participants in the Facebook group – including Aurora Riviezzo, Carlotta Franco and Debora Tintis, Eugenio Cosentino and Luca Marullo (Parasite 2. 0), Giulia Matteagi, Davide Coppo, Luca Cei and Giorgio Scanelli (HPO), Giulia Ricci, PLSTCT (Gabriele Leo and Grazia Mappa) – as well as a collection of critical essays by Franco Raggi, Nina Bassoli, Azzurra Muzzonigro, Nicolò Ornaghi and Cino Zucchi, which reflect back on the Forgotten Architecture phenomenon as a collective experience.

Produced by Prima o Mai (a project by Raitgher + NERO Editions), with the support of Carhartt WIP, “Forgotten Architecture” will be available directly online until 7 June 2022, and then never again. The experimental method of publication stems from the need to explore new forms of editorial production and distribution to overcome the stumbling blocks of traditional publishing.

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