Join the Anyone Corporation and AA Publications for a party to celebrate the releases of two books: O-14: Projection and Reception by Reiser + Umemoto, and A Question of Qualities: Essays in Architecture by Jeffrey Kipnis, the latest title in the Writing Architecture Series. The authors will be joined by the editors and contributors to discuss, at the suggestion of Kipnis’s title, what they consider to be those very qualities that distinguish architecture.
book launch & discussion: Jeffrey KIPNIS, Jesse REISER, Nanako UMEMOTO, Cynthia DAVIDSON, Brett STEELE, & Sanford KWINTER on A Question of Qualities: Essays in Architecture and O-14: Projection and Reception
6.00 p.m. / The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
About the books
O-14: Projection and Reception explores the groundbreaking exo-skeleton office tower in Dubai by New York-based architects, Reiser+Umemoto. This monograph not only provides exhaustive documentation of O-14’s design and construction but delves further into the complex interrelationships this architectural model weaves between technology, expression and politics in the context of the “nowhere place” of the global city. The book is both an account of a design’s realization and a manifesto, and contains Jesse Reiser’s explanatory and theoretical texts on the tower as well as a number of critical essays.
In A Question of Qualities, Jeffrey Kipnis considers projects, concepts, and buildings by some of the most recognized architects working today, with special attention to the productions of affect. Kipnis’s deft integration of art, critical theory, philosophy, pop culture, classical music, and science into a rigorous architectural theory and criticism makes the books an exemplar of a new way to write about architecture. It is also a distinct pleasure to read. Kipnis transcends the fractious intellectual climate in architecture, stepping outside the boundaries mandated by the vast specialized criteria that the discipline now claims to address. The essays in this volume demonstrate a style of writing that is not so much about architecture as it is an affect of architecture itself.