martes, 11 de abril de 2017

#books #architecture | Room for artifacts : the architecture of WOJR

Room for artifacts : the architecture of WOJR / by William O'Brien Jr. & WOJR Organization for Architecture.
Park Books, Zurich : 2016.
239 p. : il.
ISBN 9783038600275

Arquitectura -- Siglo XXI -- Estados Unidos.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-72.038(73) ROO*spi

WOJR: Organization for Architecture is an innovative group of designers based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are committed to the idea of architecture as a form of cultural production, engaging the intersections of art, architecture, and urbanism. With this idea at its foundation, ‘Room for Artifacts’ contains a collection of sixteen architectural artifacts designed by WOJR—a mask, a church, a labyrinth, a dwelling, a bust, and a series of totems, among others.

The artifacts are presented three times throughout the book—in conceptual drawings, architectural drawings, and images. Certain characteristics recur, such as symmetry, frontality, figurality, proportionality, and the play between flatness and depth, underscoring WOJR’s preoccupation with the fundamental aspects of architectural form that are rich in historical precedent. ‘Room for Artifacts’ offers a new way to explore the role of architectural representation in a contemporary context, looking at how architects can invoke aspects of ideologies from architects of the past while establishing a progressive agenda for a forward-looking body of work.

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