‘Mechudzu: New Rhetorics for Architecture’ winner of the 2010 RIEA.ch book competitionMonday, April 18, 2011 12:24
RIEA.ch is pleased to announce that “Mechudzu: New Rhetorics for Architecture” by Bryan Cantley is winner of the2010 RIEA.ch book competition
The book, entirely dedicated to the works and research of Bryan Cantley – experimental architect, professor and spatial orchestrator of the firm Form:uLA based in Southern California – will be released in autumn 2011 and published in the RIEA Book Series by Springer.
“Mechudzu: New Rhetorics for Architecture” is the first monograph dedicated to the architectural machines and organisms synthesized in the Form:uLA laboratory and includes contributions by inspired critics and writers: Wes Jones, Neil Spiller, Dora Epstein, and Aaron Betsky.
Drawing from the layered and ambiguous pictures that illustrate the different projects mixing media, techniques and procedures, the book is conceived as a field of colliding words and images, a polyphonic and sometimes disturbing rollercoaster of spatial rythms, which challenge the very basis of traditional architecture: line, space, volume, edge, that which is “real,” that which is “not.”
A large portion of the book deals with the notions of Bryan Cantley’s physical and architectural positions within the Orange County [behind The Orange Curtain] focusing on the friction generated by the act of injecting experimental architecture into a system that automatically refutes it.
Acting as an experiment in viral contamination, the works by Cantley aim to spread a contagious and self-nourishing idea of an alien architecture within the hyper-controlled and anesthetized context of OC, while capitalising on the potential liberated by the conflict between radical and narcotic architecture, anomaly and the rule, perverted and moralistic practices of space.