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Figments of the Architectural Imagination

And Other Essays

By (author) Todd Gannon


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  • In-depth investigations into the projects and ideas of noted contemporary architects including Archigram, Preston Scott Cohen, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Peter Eisenman, Wes Jones, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Jason Payne, PATTERNS, Lindy Roy, servo, Bernard Tschumi, and UN Studio
  • Several texts written in collaboration with notable thinkers in architecture and related fields including the literary critic N. Katherine Hayles, the philosopher Graham Harman, and architects Tom Wiscombe, David Ruy, and Andrew Zago
  • Explications of the development of contemporary architecture in Los Angeles from the 1970s to the present, featuring treatments of the formative years of Pritzker Prize-winners Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne and other members of the so-called “L.A. School” including Eric Owen Moss, Craig Hodgetts, Michael Rotondi, Robert Mangurian, and Coy Howard
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Gathering twenty essays written over twenty years, Figments of the Architectural Imagination explores the frontiers of speculative architectural design, theory, and pedagogy to offer clear-eyed and incisive treatments of some of the most important projects, practices, and polemics at work making contemporary architecture contemporary.

These sharp and insightful texts, whether addressing the impact of digital technology, the design of an effective hotel, the emergence of the Los Angeles vanguard, or the proper execution of a thesis project, combine frontline reportage, archival scholarship, trenchant prose, and impressive critical acumen to cut through the cacophony of recent architectural discourse with uncommon clarity, intelligence, rigor, and wit.

Taken together, these essays provide essential orientation for practitioners, academics, students, and aficionados hoping to understand how contemporary architecture came to be where it is and to speculate on where it might go next.

About the Author

Todd Gannon is professor of architecture at the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University. His books include Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech, The Light Construction Reader, Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie’s Miller House, and A Confederacy of Heretics (with Ewan Branda).

Other contributors: Joe Day, N. Katherine Hayles, Graham Harman, Tom Wiscombe, David Ruy, Andrew Zago.

ORO Editions
27th Oct 2022
Paperback / softback
World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
228 mm x 152 mm
284 Pages
190 color
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