Medium: collage

Echo: SuperStudio & Hans Hollein

Echo: SuperStudio & Hans Hollein

By Matt Page

Writing Prize 2020: Drawing, Collaging, Rendering

Writing Prize 2020: Drawing, Collaging, Rendering

By Cameron Lintott

When the ‘hard-line drawing’ has become so synonymous with the image of the architect it is easy to forget that the convenience of the everyday pen is relatively recent. For much of the long history of the world’s second oldest profession, pen, paint and ink were reserved for competition boards… Read More

Superstudio: Monument Interrupted

Superstudio: Monument Interrupted

By Julian Lewis

The collages of Superstudio’s ‘Continuous Monument’ have always seemed to me like stills from an unseen film, each image framing a part of a wider scenography. Combining the collages does not make the larger reality of the monument any less elusive or fragmentary, akin to the way that remembered dreams… Read More

Mies: THE BERLIN BUILDING EXPOSITION (1974)

Mies: THE BERLIN BUILDING EXPOSITION (1974)

By Philip Johnson

The following text is excerpted from Oppositions 2 (1974): 86–91. The Berlin Building Exposition of 1931 was the largest of its kind ever to be held. With Teutonic thoroughness every material, every method, every theory that had to do with building was shown in the Exposition. The result of this thoroughness, plus… Read More

Welfare Palace Hotel (1978)

Welfare Palace Hotel (1978)

By Rem Koolhaas

In the appendix to Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas’s retroactive manifesto for the island of Manhattan, the tacit logic of ‘Manhattanism’ is set free from its origins in the form of five architectural projects: The City of the Captive Globe, Hotel Sphinx, New Welfare Island, the Welfare Palace Hotel and the Floating Pool. Four of these… Read More

New Welfare Island (1978)

New Welfare Island (1978)

By Rem Koolhaas

In the appendix to Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas’s retroactive manifesto for the island of Manhattan, the tacit logic of ‘Manhattanism’ is set free from its origins in the form of five architectural projects: The City of the Captive Globe, Hotel Sphinx, New Welfare Island, the Welfare Palace Hotel and the Floating Pool. Four of these projects are… Read More

Gallaratese & Fagnano Olona (1976)

Gallaratese & Fagnano Olona (1976)

By Aldo Rossi

Two fragments of texts paired with two fragments of process. Writing in the May 1976 issue of Architecture + Urbanism, Rossi reflects on two projects: the Gallaratese Housing Complex, Milan and the Fagnano Olona in the Lombardy region. In both of the drawings placed alongside the architect’ s writing, the forms… Read More

On plans

On plans

By John Meunier

Plans, unlike many other architectural drawings, bear little or no relationship to what the building looks like, but they are crucial. First, they are essential as instructions for those involved with the construction of a building. Without a plan, the bits and pieces of a building could not be properly… Read More

Cadbury-Brown: Royal College of Art Extension

Cadbury-Brown: Royal College of Art Extension

By Lionel Brett

The counter-reformation did not last long. In the end I think what reconciled us was that everything I attempted failed. By way of diversion from internal dissension, like any politician, I switched to foreign affairs. There were two things which, as an architect, I was expected to achieve for the… Read More

Daria’s Aria

Daria’s Aria

By Sarah Handelman

Between 1939 and 1941 the French-born, Milan-based editor Daria Guarnati published seven volumes of a series called Aria d’Italia. Each issue formed a substantial monograph on a distinct facet of Italian life and culture. The inaugural Christmas edition was followed by the evocatively titled issues ‘Italy through Colour’, ‘Mediterranean Summer’, ‘The… Read More

Postcard from Nowhere (Counterswimming)

Postcard from Nowhere (Counterswimming)

By Teresa Stoppani

Sixteen swim in synchrony. Bright red trunks, blue swim caps, in a perfectly choreographed 4 x 4 grid of bodies in motion. They swim in the shallow pale blue pool that contains them, as it floats in the ocean. They are about to collide with a dock that is too… Read More

The Iconography of Desolation

The Iconography of Desolation

By Robert Smithson

‘We now discover an iconoscope that shall forgive the divorce of heaven and hell while it flashes before us for our selective graces – the bits and pieces of Divine Catastrophe. Such a scope has lost all division and order. One must pick over the scattered icons the way a… Read More