Pamphlet Architecture 21: Situation Normal

Paul Lewis, David J. Lewis, Marc Tsurmaki


     7 × 8.5 in (17.8 × 21.6 cm)
80 pages
150 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 12/1/1998
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568981543

In this volume of the award-winning "Pamphlet Architecture" series, the authors examine common architectural forms (chairs, doors, and walls) and programs (a cinema, a health club, a skyscraper) in order to dissect and reconfigure them. In the process they create ten new projects that draw their power from an oscillation between the recognizable and the surreal. Cleverly undermining the conventions and norms of contemporary architectural design, the authors pose a direct challenge to the seemingly endless search for new styles, arguing instead that the greatest potential for architecture in the twenty-first century rests on an imaginative examination of what we take for granted. Designed by the authors, Situation Normal... weaves together text, photographs, and drawings. An introductory essay establishes the theoretical and historical position of the book.

Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis (Lewis-Tsurumaki-Lewis) is a collaborative architectural group based in New York City. Their work has been featured in a solo exhibition at StoreFront for Art and Architecture. Paul Lewis teaches at Columbia and Barnard Colleges, the Parsons School of Design, and the Cooper Union. Marc Tsurumaki teaches at the Parson School of Design. David J. Lewis teaches at Cornell University.

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