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  • Hardcover: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (21 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415434114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415434119
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,424,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kester Rattenbury is Reader in Architecture at the University of Westminster, co-ordinator of The Research Centre for Experimental Practice (EXP), teacher and architectural journalist.

Samantha Hardingham is an architectural writer, teaches at the Architectural Association and is senior researcher in the Research Centre for Experimental Practice (EXP) at the University of Westminster.


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Supercrit #1 (the book - published in 2007) is effectively a pilot research report.

The research proposal was "...to plot a provisional thesis of EXP's definition of the term 'experimental' - when applied to architectural practice through the detailed analysis of a specific design proposal - and to present a way in which to explore architectural ideas in an evolving and discursive manner - based on the premise that (in Price's words) 'ideas exist today'."

The case selected was Supercrit #1 (the event - staged on 5 November 2003) which took Cedric Price's Potteries Thinkbelt - a major experimental project deemed to have `changed the weather' of architectural thought and practice - and put it back into the design studio `crit' format for open public and expert debate. The event was presented by a panel, due to Price's death three months earlier. Speakers included Paul Barker, Paul Finch, Jeremy Melvin, Stephen Mullin and Peter Murray.

The data produced took the form of facsimiles of the articles published in New Society and Architectural Design in 1966; copies of 7 project illustrations from the Cedric Price fonds at the Canadian Centre for Architecture; and a transcript of the event which includes contributions by the various speakers and ends with a transcript from an exhibition in Madrid in 2000 in which Price began by asking "What is the value of it ... now?" and ended by saying "I think I have said enough."

The data analysis - as distinct from the detailed analysis of the PTb design proposal found in the transcript - was carried out by Kester Rattenbury and suggests that Price's own description of the PTb should have come first and that what Price said is sufficient to enable us to work out what is necessary.

I think the report should be continuously updatable.
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This book was rather a disappointment in the fact that it does not so critique the 'potteries thinkbelt' but rather the ideas behind it, projects that proceeded it and future projects that may have used it as a precedent. The book starts off with original publications in new society and AD of the Potteries Thinkbelt (the second is poorly digitized meaning hard to read at the seam) and does include some great shots of CP's original artwork for the project. From this point onwards the dialogue moves off topic. It sets the scene as to why the project came to be, setting out the parameters of the period, skims the surface of PTb and then for the rest of the book shares anecdotes (which do paint a great picture of CP himself, some of which are quite amusing) and describes his other projects. I was hoping for a critique of the project with which the book shares its name but instead received an insight into his other work. Good book for people interested in the work of CP but not so for people interested in the finer workings of the 'Potteries Thinkbelt'.
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What an intelligent thing to do to pick a key set of seminal ideas of more than a decade ago, and then assemble a group of intelligent commentators and particiaptors in the dissemination of those ideas to dbeate and review their significance. Picking Cedric Price as the first of this series of investigations was a masterstroke even though very very sadly he died just before this event happened and was recorded. Cedric's visionary take on the world of architecture or should one say non-architecture should never be forgotten. This valuable document should insure that. It should be on every students first year booklist.

Patrick Hannay
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