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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 5th edition (1 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568980116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568980119
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This pamphlet is dedicated to the citizens of Sarajevo, who at this writing are still under a viscous and pathological siege that began more than fourteen months ago. Read the first page
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By T. G. Winter on 19 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
This pamphlet architecture looks at the bombing of Sarajevo from around 1992 to 1996 and how the effects of this act of war have affected the city. Written in both English and Croatian, Lebbeus Woods does a fantastic job of addressing the moral problems which faced the reconstruction of the bombed buildings, wether to rebuild to the same standard as before or to progress with a modern 'utopian' build thereby erasing all knowledge of what was once there. With beautiful hand drawn sketches of Woods own proposals to the buildings with his scar, scab and new-tissue ideas, we see how the reconstruction of buildings is more emotional and complex than it seems.

Definitely worth a read if you are interested in these two strong and broad subjects, and enjoy some rare hand drawn images. Sits nicely on a coffee table.
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Truly remarkable little book. 11 April 2000
By K. M. Gough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this work I have seen the necessity for Woods' architecture to exist; where before I had only seen compelling drawings. Lebbeus Woods has dedicated this manifesto to the city of Sarajevo, and to all cities which bear the signs of armed conflict on their walls. He states that the emergence of a new architecture is especially crucial in Sarajevo where the architecture was the target of the attackers (from within) who meant to destroy the culture there in all of its manifestations. The architecture of that culture, the places of worship and of social congregation, became the primary target for the ethnic genocide. As much as the bodies of the people, the architecture was destroyed for its significance as the public body. Therefore it is the architecture which must give a physical presence to these atrocities. Woods makes it clear that it is the responsibility of the architecture to preserve the memory of the destruction- not in a sentimental or memorial manner- but in the same manner as the life of cities has been preserved through use and adaptation throughout history. The war is part of the reality of the place and therefore should not be erased. This work also resists the glorification of war of the Italian Futurists, and the `tabula rasa' erasure of existing conditions of the Modernists. This is a work which acknowledges growth and destruction in the same breath. It is existential in its acceptance of reality and its means of building with it.... not nihilistic. It is existential in that it knows no reality other than what is there, but is not fully convinced by its authority. It revels in the multitudinous nature of the contemporary world, of the present. Unlike the Modernists, Woods does not intend to reinvent the city but to allow the city to be more itself. This work, his infamous drawings, is an attempt to recognize the reality of a place through actualization of events.... By building in and upon the ruins he remakes them into the living substance of the city, leaving no trace unexposed.
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inspirational 1 Oct. 2001
By Michelle Steen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Woods is as much philosopher and urban planner as architect in the traditional sense. His buildings rip open the landscape of the ordered grid, and also open new possibilities about what it means to inhabit a space. The functions of some of his ideas for buildings are obscure even to him. He is constantly trying to deconstruct the politics of architecture and it's place in history. He actively embodies Heidegger's idea that "dwelling means to recieve the sky", except in his dwellings it also means to recieve the ground, and to actively take part in constructing your world.
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The Architecture of Catastrophy 24 Aug. 2007
By Jonathan Gibb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The work of Lebbeus Woods has always fascinated me. From the initial shear beauty of his art of alternate built landscapes both familiar and alien to his in-depth commentary.

This small book pulls some big punches, revealing the examined paper architectural propositions expressing the underlying spirit and intent of the buildings within their context, altered, re-revealed to that society's 'catastrophe.'

Well worth a buy for students to Architects to all those wishing escapism back to simple truths, and to delight in the satisfaction gleaned. Only wish the inside images were colour!
For Monument (Only?) 31 Oct. 2014
By Ko Wibowo - Published on Amazon.com
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It is one of a few book on Lebbeus Woods. It is interesting take on architecture and war but it does not go deeper as I would have hoped. I find it hard to justify because people will not want to live in ruin. The idea may work for a monument but it will not work as a catalyst for urban renewal.
Great Read 22 Aug. 2013
By Luis E. Salas Porras - Published on Amazon.com
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Great ideas and illustrators by one of the best architects of the last 100 years - challenges you to think about architecture in a stimulating, non-traditional way
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