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on 8 April 1999
Lebbeus Woods is widely regarded as the most exciting and original architectural visionary today. His body of theoretical work and extraordinary drawings have served as inspiration for architects, artists, and legions of students.
Radical Reconstruction contains projects from the last five years that address the relationships between architecture and war, political revolution/reaction, and natural disasters. Three projects--for Sarajevo, Havana, and San Francisco--define new approaches to the reconstruction of buildings and urban fabric damaged by unpredictable and largely uncontrollable forces of both human and natural origin. Such transformations are not only of physical structures and spaces but, more significantly, of the ways of living they sustain. The majority of these renderings of dazzling color and creativity have never been published or exhibited before.
Neil Spiller, Architectural Design
Radical Reconstruction is an apt title. It takes us on a journey -- some paths are implied, some are explicit --that questions and reformulates architecture's constituent parts. One by one meaning, function, representation, abstraction, et al, are run through the mill and recast within the contexts of war and cataclysmic social and physical fracture... This book is a critique against the rhetoric of reductivism and minimalism. This is 'full on' maximist architecture. It is an acknowledgement that the practice of architecture exists within a beautiful complexity.
Tom Avermaete, Archis
This book is a must. In the first instance because of the renegade character of the work presented, but principally for the erudite philosophical foundation that underpins each project. Rarely does architecture get anchored so extremely and so credibly in the ideological matrix of which it is part...In a discourse characterized by an increasing disbelief in social significance, Woods' work forms a radical but extremely welcome counterpoint.
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