NY BOG: “AGENDA – Can We Sustain our Ability to Crisis?” – JDS Architects
I november måned lander JDS Architects med en ny bog – “AGENDA”. Dog er DK-København i anden række når det kommer til en bog reception, da den førster planlagt til engang i starten af 2010. Og om butikkerne vil sælge bogen allerede inden må vi så se an. Ihverfald kan bogen forudbestilles hos udgiveren ACTAR allerede nu.
Uddrag fra AGENDA:
Julien De Smedt : “ We see our production as one continuous body of work across a multiplicity of scales, from a bowl or a shelf to a city, and even things that don’t have a specific size but discuss the issue of space itself ” / Bruce Sterling : “ I’m a great believer in crisis ” / Lars von Trier : “ If I were an architect, I think I would like to just work with one kind of brick, and see what I could make with it.” / Geoff Manaugh : “…If you can’t afford a stone mason, you simply build a garden to attract crows. Exotic forms – falcons and rare butterflies – appear on every side, pigeons crowding round the rim of your building like a halo, looking down at amused residents. It was genius. Other species are our architectural ornaments; this is the modernist legacy.” / Pascal Smet : “ For too long architects and urban planners have been neglected in governing a city. The cities who have had an ambition for the city involving architects and planners, like Manchester and Barcelona, are the cities that progress.” / Angelo Consoli : “ The ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ is a decentralized energy system based on a distributed production of energy. I think that it will probably create a new freedom for architecture.”
AGENDA is an architecture book that occupies the territory between a monograph, a diary, and a collection of essays, interviews, and conversations. At its most harmless AGENDA is a catalog of 365 days, like a diary or journal: a collective narrative, personal and subjective. It documents the work and thinking of JDS Architects over a specific year marked by crisis, beginning on September 15th, 2008, the day that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The form of the book exploits the double meaning of its title, presenting the absurdities of day-to-day architectural practice while also staking our intent.
Rather than a definitive direction, our agenda is a definitive attitude – of eagerness, enthusiasm, and optimism, of criticality and concern, of fun and inquiry. It is a directive, a motivation to act, at times without clear knowledge of where our agenda will lead. “Change,” the buzzword of the last U.S. presidential campaign, is the order of the day, and the task of AGENDA is to explore what kind of change will be needed if architects are to assume a political and social agency in this new landscape.
Bringing together diverse forms of content, AGENDA is a product of vigilant observation, introspection, and engagement with outside thinkers and collaborators – artists, curators, politicians, authors, economists, journalists, developers, educators, and architects.
AGENDA is a record of search and research, providing more questions than answers.
AGENDA is unapologetically naive.
AGENDA is an unorthodox architecture novel.
AGENDA demystifies the practice of architecture, revealing process, research, fun, and failure.
AGENDA looks to both the past and the future.
Paperback: 544 full color pages
Publisher: Actar (November 2009)
Dimensions: 210mm x 270mm x 26mm