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Ugo La Pietra papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1308

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, writings, photographs, artwork, printed material and other papers by, to, or relating to Italian artist Ugo La Pietra. The collection documents La Pietra’s creative process from the 1960s through the 1980s, exhibitions of his works, and his collaborations with other architects and artists such as Riccardo Dalisi, Gianni Pettena, and Franco Vaccari.


  • circa 1964-2013


Language of Materials

In Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from L'Arengario Studio Bibliografico on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2014.


Organized into seventeen series: I. Strutturazioni Tissurali, 1964-1971. II. Nodi Urbani, 1965-1975. III. Emergenze Urbane, 1966-1967. IV. Sistema Disequilibrante, 1966-1973. V.Casa Telematica MOMA New York, 1971-1972. VI. Il Commutatore, 1970-1971. VII. Gradi di Libertà: Recupero e Reinvenzione - Riappropriazione dell'Ambiente, 1969-1977. VIII. Gradi di Libertà: Itinerari Preferenziali, 1969-1974. IX. Informazione Alternativa - Tubi di Parigi, 1973. X. Global Tools, 1974-2013. XI. Riconversione Progettuale, 1918-2013. XII. Interno / Esterno: Abitare è Essere Ovunque a Casa Propria, 1979-1983. XIII. Interno / Esterno: Berlino Case Aperte, 1982-1984. XIV. Interno / Esterno: Casette, 1977-1978. XV. Film, 1972-1977. XVI. Letters and Documents, 1969-1984. XVII. Unidentified, undated.


1.75 Linear Feet ((5 boxes) + 18 broadsides)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

Ugo La Pietra is an Italian artist, architect, filmmaker, and designer, born in Bussi sul Tirino, Italy, in 1938. He has taught at the Politecnico di Milano and the Istituto Statale d'Arte di Monza. Pairing a sharp critique of modernist city planning with a playful and inventive impulse to experiment across multiple genres and formats, La Pietra’s projects in the 1960s and 1970s often involved direct interventions in the urban landscape. His push for transgressive gestures of liberation, immersion, and reappropriation had much in common with radical groups such as Archizoom and Superstudio, with whom he collaborated in projects such as Global Tools, an experimental workshop and alternative school for rebellious young architects, artists, and designers in the early 1970s.

Processing Information

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These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards. The arrangement and titles of works are based on a list received with the collection. For more information, please refer to the Beinecke Manuscript Unit Processing Manual.

Guide to the Ugo La Pietra Papers
by Beinecke staff
March 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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