Architecture must burn

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Gingko, 2000 - Architecture - 150 pages
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Because we live in an environment so difficult to define or even see, we need architecture to make sense of it. Confronted by a world afflicted by sprawl, Aaron Betsky challenges us to see architecture as a way of understanding, experimenting with and changing our physical reality. He argues passionately for a new space of freedom and imagination, proposing an entirely new way of undoing the indiscriminate, sometimes disorderly world we have so carelessly constructed.

Architecture Must Burn shows us an architecture of unfolding, clothing and collage. Mixing current theories about spatiality, technology, and literature, the 28 manifestos are introduced by Erik Adigard's haunting and contorted imagery, magnifying the complex layers of meaning at the heart of the book's red-hot core.

Certain to become a cult classic, Architecture Must Burn is not just about architecture, it is about how we live in the world.

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About the author (2000)

Aaron Betsky has been Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam since 2001. Previously, he was Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the author of a dozen books, including "Landscrapers" published in 2002 and "Three California Houses", 2003.

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