A.R.C.H.O.N.P.O.I.S.O.N.

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Springer, Aug 1, 1999 - Architecture - 90 pages
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"The book is dedicated to all those structures that are loaded with poison. Whether it is a system of empty petrol storage tanks or a historical Landhaus from 1700, A.R.C.H.O.N.P.O.I.S.O.N. (Architecture on Poison) deals with structures which are welcome or not, destroyed or renovated, accepted or despised, structures looking forward neither to being replaced nor to ending in archives of conservation, but to an activation of their latent transformative power." With these words, Guy Lafranchi introduces two of his recent projects, which at first glance seem quite different, but which are related on his radically conceived conceptual ground. By weaving together the realized "Landhaus" project & the built "Tank" project, Lafranchi invokes the power of architecture to transform meaning as well as space, the symbolic as well as the instrumental, liberating its potential to deepen our understanding & experience of the world. As Lebbeus Woods writes in his Preface: "The RIEA book series is devoted to the exposure of young talent & fresh ideas. None could be more appropriate for our first monograph on the world of an architect than A.R.C.H.O.N.P.O.I.S.O.N. It offers, I believe, a challenging glimpse into architectures future."

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About the author (1999)

GUY LAFRANCHI, born in 1966, studied architecture at the ETH, Zurich. Own office in Bern since 1996. Lectures at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam, the Technical University, Berlin, and the Technical University of Lund, Sweden. Co-founder of RIEA.ch.