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Claude Bragdon and The Beautiful Necessity

Edited by Eugenia Ellis and Andrea Reithmayr

This book is about the American architect, theatre designer, mystic and theorist Claude Fayette Bragdon (1866-1946). Although Bragdon was active exclusively in the States – initially in upstate New York and later in New York City – by no means is his work of local significance only. An exceptionally early advocate of the ‘spatial’ nature of architecture, influenced by mystical and Theosophical beliefs that had a strong impact on avant-garde art and architecture in Europe too, and personally acquainted with such key figures as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Bragdon’s work is deservedly attracting more and more attention. One of the mini-reviews included in the back cover of the catalogue is by Professor David van Zanten, a leading expert on Louis Sullivan.

This publication serves as the catalogue for an exhibition in Rochester, NY (where the Bragdon archive is held), that runs from April to October 2010. Alongside extensive illustrative material, the catalogue also includes essays by eleven scholars that address different aspects of Bragdon’s work.

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At the Edge of the City: Reinhabiting Public Space toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh Al-Sanawb

Edited by Fadi Shayya, urban planner and architect

Since the early 1990s, Beirut’s Park, Horsh Al-Sanawbar, was sealed off from the lives of many Beiruti residents and visitors, with numerous justifications for their exclusion. At the Edge of the City is a contemporary critique of urban governance and spatial production in Beirut. The undertaking is advocating in scope, multidisciplinary in approach, and journalistic in style. The book is an edited volume envisioned to be an eye-catching reference, where essays analyze and document historical and contemporary issues related to the woods, the park, and public space in Beirut while vivid visuals document and illustrate dimensions that stimulate the senses and intellect. The book includes essays, policy memos, personal experiences, art contributions, infographics, photographs, and newspaper articles.

The project started with an awareness of the imperative nature of communicating practice-based research to a wide audience and of informing political change avenues with contemporary empirical findings and conceptual frameworks. In a context of blurred boundaries between public and private space, and structural confusion of meanings between public and private spheres, post-war Beirut’s public space has been both: a political space for negotiating the prevalence of the state as a system of authority and governance, and a cultural space for manifesting liberal (and neoliberal) private interests (rooted in Lebanon’s trade history and geography). A distinctive feature of the politics and culture of public space in Beirut is their spread across different income groups, classes, political and sectarian affiliations, as well as social structures and powers.

The book is supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and published by DISCURSIVE FORMATIONS, Beirut, 2010.

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Visualising Boolean Set Operations:  Real and Virtual Boundaries in Contemporary Site-Specific Art

Eugenia Fratzeskou

The latest forms of site-specific and digital art have emerged from artists’ interest in new relationships between physical and virtual spaces, as inspired by the contemporary interdisciplinary understanding of space as an uncontrollably changing informational substance. Such developments necessitate new spatial research strategies for advancing site-specific art. The present study develops pioneering methodologies for enabling that advancement. The existing modes of digital visualisation, site-specificity, virtual and mixed realities in art, design and science are radically challenged, as the built boundaries of architecture ‘unfold’ to reveal a paradoxical hybrid space in a site-specific virtual environment. The digital boundaries of architecture are revealed to be highly inconsistent, undermining the solidity and continuity of built space and our perception of it. Such irregularity exposes the inherent abstraction and inconsistencies that occur in the interchanges between the binary, numerical and graphic levels of digital visualisation systems. This book is particularly useful to artists, architects and professionals who engage with digital visualisation and the related fields.


See related publications by the same author:

- Fratzeskou, Eugenia, New Types of Drawing in Fine Art: The Role of Fluidity in the Creation Process, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010 (ISBN-10: 3838348389, ISBN-13: 978-3838348384)

- Fratzeskou, Eugenia, Operative Intersections: Between Site-Specific Drawing and Spatial Digital Diagramming, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010 (ISBN-10: 3838351932, ISBN-13: 978-3838351933)


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Positions #4 - Architectures of Architecture

Claire Zimmerman, Guest Editor; Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Editor; Cor Wagenaar, Editor

Call for Papers
Deadline: 15 September 2010

Positions: On Modern Architecture + Urbanism / Histories + Theories

How has twentieth-century architecture been affected by quasi-invisible infrastructures that organize the profession and its pedagogy? This issue of Positions seeks research articles and essays that investigate the administrative practices that underpinned modern architecture and urbanism. These practices, often critical to the production of modern environments, have remained largely in the background of historical accounts. Positions #4 seeks to elucidate the intentionally invisible or merely partially concealed forces that underwrote modernism as a common endeavor—the connective tissue, as it were, between a set of disparate and geographically diffuse experiments. Scholars have turned to such practices with increasing frequency in recent years; we seek to bring together disparate investigations here, to draw connections and distinctions between them.

Topics of study might range from the activities of state authorities sanctioning particular building or planning practices and financing, to review of the media practices that disseminated ideas and established architectural celebrity. They might include monographic investigations of shadowy figures oiling the machinery of the profession behind the scenes, or studies of more outspoken champions of modern architecture (the PR men and women of emergent professional practices). Articles might focus on activities within architectural schools that intersected in significant ways with professional practice, or on the congresses, exhibitions, films, manifestos, and performances (many of them itinerant slide lectures) that provided banners under which modern architects, designers, and urban planners gathered to proclaim victories nevertheless never quite within reach. What will link these disparate studies in the context of this issue is a focus on the avenues by which architects came to the point of executing important commissions—in other words, infrastructures of architecture that were intended to produce new buildings or planning programs, and that constitute an alternative history of building itself. “Architectures of Architecture” seeks to reconsider what is defined as visible work within the production of modern architecture and urbanism in the twentieth century. The role of “producer” is well defined in the culture of film and theater, but ill defined in the stagecraft of architecture.
Nevertheless, extensive work in architectural history, particularly in the last twenty years, has clarified the degree to which modern architecture was organized by and through public polemics that were linked to a variety of motivating forces, whether economic, cultural, or political.

The strategic deployment of publicity and propaganda affected the distribution of important commissions and the conditions under which they could be executed, as well as the overall demand from public and private clients. Articles might look at the extensions of the Werkbund, the Bauhaus (in pre- and postwar iterations) or CIAM, at the circulation of journals, at little-understood figures like Ise Gropius, Lucia Moholy, Mia Seeger, Jacqueline Tyrwhitt, or Monica Pidgeon, at the itineraries traced by influential exhibitions, at serial publications with specific polemical intent, such as Oppositions or Contropiano, at the impact of clients from enterprises such as Columbus, Indiana, to the Guggenheim.

Positions is a peer-reviewed journal that is broadening the scope of reflection and theory on architecture and urbanism after 1900. Authors are asked to submit papers to the editors, preferably in English, by 15 September 2010. Papers should range from 5,000-7,500 words, and should include complete citations in the form of endnotes. They should be accompanied by no more than ten images. If a paper is accepted for publication, the author will be responsible for obtaining publishing rights. Please refer to the attached submission guidelines for further instructions.

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Positions: On Modern Architecture + Urbanism/Histories + Theories

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Black Dog Publishing 50% summer discount on latest architectural books

Please find below further information on the titles including in this offer and details on how to order:

Black Dog’s latest release, Colonial Modern: Aesthetics of the Past Rebellions for the Future is a reader focusing on the relationship between modernism and the project of modernisation in architecture, as well as the intertwining of both in the context of colonialism and decolonisation.

Colonial Modern reflects on contemporary research on architectural modernism and colonialism, and initiates new debates on conceptions of modernism and postmodernism. The book includes the work of artists and architects, and is supported by significant texts by specialists in the field. Colonial Modern provides a well-rounded debate and is an essential and informative title for students, academics and professionals in the field, as well as for anyone interested in the interplay of history and design, architecture and urban planning.

Another summer release is The Power of Process: The Architecture of Michael Pearson. For more than forty years, Michael Pearson has been pursuing with a passion an architecture of change, an architecture of flexibility, alteration and movement through time.

Spanning hospitals, universities, industrial structures, schools, workplaces and more, his creations display technical innovation, economy and a sensitivity for local conditions. The Power of Process explores Pearson’s designs in full for the first time, through analysis, insightful criticism and extensive interviews with Pearson himself, covering his beliefs, methods and aims and his memories of projects past and present.

We are also including last summer’s architectural best-seller, Artists’ Studios: MJ Long in the this offer.  Artists’ Studios showcases some of the personal work of architect and interior designer MJ Long, providing a rare glimpse into Long’s more intimate projects—focusing on her studio designs for an impressive portfolio of artists, including Frank Auerbach, Sir Peter Blake, Paul Huxley and RB Kitaj.

Artists’ Studios reflects upon the relationship between artist and environment—organised around each studio, detailing the conception of the project and the specific needs of the artists.  Written by MJ Long and including texts by the artists themselves, as well as Colin St John Wilson, with whom MJ Long collaborated on many of these projects, Artists’ Studios is a highly personal account, offering Long’s candid observations on each project.

To order, simply email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your delivery address and the titles of interest. The book(s) will then be despatched with an invoice.

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Clip Stamp Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines, 196x-197x

Edited by Beatriz Colomina & Craig Buckley

An explosion of little architectural magazines in the 1960s and 1970s instigated a radical transformation in architectural culture, as the magazines acted as a site of innovation and debate. Clip/Stamp/Fold takes stock of seventy little magazines from this period that were published in over a dozen cities.

The book brings together a remarkable range of documents and original research which the project has produced during its continuous travels over the last four years starting with the memorable exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in November 2006. The book features transcripts from the Small TalksA" events at Storefront in which editors and designers were invited to discuss their magazines; a stocktaking of over 100 significant issues that tracks the changing density and progression of the little magazine phenomenon; transcripts of more than forty interviews with magazine editors and designers from all over the world; a selection of magazine facsimiles that have been fully reproduced at three-quarter scale; and a fold out poster, inspired by the exhibition's printed wallpaper, that offers a mosaic image of more than 1,200 covers examined during the research. Just as each iteration of the exhibition is an open-ended collaboration with the visitors and with a different group of editors, institutions, and collectors who provide a different set of original magazines in each city, this catalogue documents a work in progress, hoping to stimulate further discussion and research.

The book features original by a galaxy of remarkable magazine makers: Takefumi Aida and Minoru Takeyama, Ernesto Alva, Jean Aubert, Isabelle Auricoste, Stephen Bann, Stefano Boeri, Oriol Bohigas, Yve-Alain Bois, Andrea Branzi, Pierre Clement, Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, Peter Crump, Pietro Derossi, Peter Eisenman, Gunther Feuerstein, Hal Foster, Kenneth Frampton, Mildred Friedman, Mario Gandelsonas, Edith Girard, Olivier Girard, Jorge Gleason Peart, Nancy Goldring, Steven Holl, Hans Hollein, Jean-Paul Jungmann, Rosalind Krauss, Ugo La Pietra, Miguel Lawner, Lisa Licitra Ponti, Chip Lord and Curtis Schreier, Jacques Lucan, Alessandro Mendini, William Menking, Robin Middleton, Hans Mol, Rafael Moneo, Peter Murray, Patrice Noviant, John Outram, Grahame Shane, Dennis Sharp, Alison Sky, Manuel de Sola-Morales, Philip Steadman, Suzanne Stevens, Bernard Tschumi, Roel van Duyn, Anthony Vidler, Stanislaus von Moos, Michael Webb, David Wild, James Wines, Tom Woolley Beatriz Colomina is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University. Craig Buckley teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, where he is also the Director of Print Publications. Clip/Stamp/Fold Research Team: Craig Buckley, Leonardo, Diaz-Borioli, Anthony Fontenot, Urtzi Grau,, Lisa Hsieh, Alicia Imperiale, Lydia Kallipoliti, Olympia Kazi, Daniel Lopez-Perez, Joaquim Moreno, Irene Sunwoo.

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