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Creatures Are Stirring

Creatures Are Stirring

Architectural Friends of the Anthropocene

By (author) Joseph Altshuler
By (author) Julia Sedlock

£21.95

Publishing 11th Oct 2021
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    • Includes three illustrated mythologies on the past, present, and future of humankind’s relationship to architecture and features three contemporary essays on architecture’s relationship to zoomorphism, animism, and solidarity with other beings
    • This book is visually seductive and accessible, using playful and imaginative imagery to illustrate what we mean when we talk about “creaturely architecture.” The tone of writing in the book alternates between fictional mythology and non-fictional architectural theory, and therefore appeals to both academic audiences and more mainstream, literary audiences. While there is a cohesive arc that runs through the book text from beginning to end, the book structure and the relationship between text and images also make it possible to pick it up and read one section at a time in any order
    • The market for this book will link audiences in several different fields and interests groups, including architects, architectural historians, landscape architects, urban designers, environmentalists, literary critics, animal scholars, animal lovers, and speculative futurists. While the book is primarily situated in the world of architecture, it aims to expand audiences for architectural content among a broader market of thoughtful readers interested in the social, environmental, philosophical, and cultural makeup of the built environment
    Full Description

    Creatures Are Stirring is an optimistic manifesto that rescripts the anthropocentric narratives of Western architecture with new myths for a playfully compassionate and nonviolent future. The book re-conceptualises buildings as our friends by amplifying architecture’s creaturely qualities—formal embellishments, fictional enhancements, and organisational strategies that suggest animal-like agency. In a burning world, such qualities may initiate more companionable relationships between humans and the built environment, and ultimately foster greater solidarity with other human and nonhuman lifeforms.

    Addressing a broad audience, Creatures Are Stirring uses the apparent subjecthood of familiar objects like plush toys and sports mascots to guide readers toward a novel way of seeing, reading, and making creaturely architecture. The book combines the authors’ expository text and illustrated mythical interludes with contributions from contemporary architects whose work collectively defines an architectural territory that is at once grounded in disciplinary rigor and urgent realities, and liberated to elicit fantastical futures.

    About the Author

    Joseph Altshuler is co-founder of Could Be Architecture, a Chicago-based design practice, and the founding editor of SOILED, an architectural literary magazine. Joseph teaches and coordinates the undergraduate curriculum for the Architecture and Interior Architecture programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Julia Sedlock is co-founder of Cosmo Design Factory, a Hudson Valley practice that combines residential client work with a commitment to local community development and activism. As a founding member of Philmont Land and Opportunity Trust (P.L.O.T.), Julia collaborates with neighbours and local government to improve housing equity and inclusivity in the village of Philmont, NY.

    Specifications
    Publisher
    ORO Editions
    ISBN
    9781951541613
    Publish date
    11th Oct 2021
    Binding
    Paperback / softback
    Territory
    World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
    Size
    254 mm x 178 mm
    Pages
    180 Pages
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