• SCI-Arc 2015-16 Design of Theory Fellowship.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Design of Theory Fellowship program. Long established as an institution dedicated to the innovative and original exploration of Architecture, SCI-Arc created its Design of Theory program to advance and advocate the necessity for theory and discourse within the contemporary architectural design spectrum. . . .



  • Pier Vittorio AURELI.


    Let us hope that from time to time the individual will give a little humanity to the masses, who one day will repay him with compound interest. — Walter BENJAMIN, “Experience and Poverty,” 1933.

    Abstraction addresses the process of removal in order to reach the essential datum of things. In a design world increasingly dominated by organic and redundant forms, abstraction is likely to be one of the most unpopular concepts in the field of architectural theory.

    lecture: Pier Vittorio AURELI, “A Brief History of Abstraction in Architecture: Design and the Administration of Life.”
    Wednesday, 10/16
    1.00 pm / Lecture Hall
    Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
    36 Bedford Square
    London WC1B 3ES


  • Jason PAYNE.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Jason PAYNE speaks on his recent studios and seminars at UCLA A.UD; history, precedent, and “contamination”; the “affect” project and the return to formalism; and much more.


    * image courtesy the author. “Space Oddities: or, Variations on the Disco Ball,” Technology Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Assistant Professor Jason PAYNE, instructor.



  • Marco BIRAGHI, Project of Crisis: Manfredo Tafuri and Contemporary Architecture.

    The influential Italian architectural historian Manfredo Tafuri (1935–1994) invoked the productive possibilities of crisis, writing that history is a “project of crisis” (progetto di crisi). In this entry in the Writing Architecture series, Marco Biraghi explores Tafuri’s multifaceted and often knotty oeuvre, using the historian’s concept of a project of crisis as a lens through which to examine his historical construction of contemporary architecture.


  • essential architecture books
    25 bc – ongoing

    suckerPUNCH updates its list of essential books, manifestos, journals, catalogs, and monographs that inform and investigate the work found in the suckerPUNCH collection. Still listed in descending chronological order, with new additions from: Pier Vittorio AURELI; Harold BLOOM; Mario CARPO; Peter COOK; Greg LYNN & Mark GAGE; Antoine PICON; Bernard TSCHUMI; Mark WIGLEY; Alejandro ZAERA-POLO; and many more.


  • Manfredo TAFURI, The Sphere and the Labyrinth.

    This major work by Manfredo Tafuri, one of today’s most important theoretical historians and critics of architecture and urbanism, presents his critique of traditional approaches to historical investigation and criticism in a penetrating analysis of the avant-gardes and discourses of architecture. Tafuri probes the lines between reality and ideology, the gap that avant-garde ideology places between its own demands and its translation into techniques, the ways in which the avant-garde reaches compromises with the world, and the conditions that permit its existence. . . .

  • HENSEL, MENGES, & HIGHT, eds., Space Reader.

    The “Space Reader” provides a highly pertinent and contemporary understanding of space for a new generation of students and architects. It espouses a definition of space that is heterogeneous (an object or system consisting of a diverse range of different items). . . . With the onset of globalisation and the Web, heterogeneneous space, with its emphasis on differentiation, is more relevant to the contemporary condition, which encourages the mixing of space, than a much more static conception of Modernist space.

  • Mario CARPO, ed., The Digital Turn in Architecture.

    Now almost 20 years old, the digital turn in architecture has already gone through several stages and phases. Architectural Design (AD) has captured them all—from folding to cyberspace, nonlinearity and hypersurfaces, from versioning to scripting, emergence, information modelling and parametricism. . . . This anthology of AD’s most salient articles is chronologically and thematically arranged to provide a complete historical timeline of the recent rise to pre-eminence of computer-based design and production. . . .

  • Bernard TSCHUMI, Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color.

    An autobiographical look at the work of a seminal modernist architect. This is the first comprehensive treatment of the architecture of Bernard Tschumi. Part monograph, part architectural theory, and part story, the book narrates a three-decade journey through a personal history of architecture and architectural ideas, intertwining theory, practice, and hypothetical projects with forty built works. From Tschumi’s many written works, such as Architecture and Disjunction and The Manhattan Transcripts to such renowned projects as the Parc de la Villette in Paris. . . .

  • Robin EVANS, Translations from Drawing to Building.

    Translations from Drawing to Building and Other Essays together eight of Evans’s most significant essays. Written over a period of twenty years, from 1970, when he graduated from the Architectural Association, to 1990, they represent the diverse interests of an agile and skeptical mind. The book includes an introduction by Mohsen Mostafavi, a chronological account of the development of Evans’s writing by Robin Middleton, and a bibliography by Richard Difford.