Radical Reconstruction

Lebbeus Woods

     12 × 9 in (30.5 × 22.9 cm)
Paperback
212 pages
109 color illustrations, 103 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568982861


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. Lebbeus Woods has focused on theory and experimental projects since 1976. Currently a visiting professor at the Cooper Union in New York City, he has taught at SCI-Arc, Harvard, and Columbia. In 1994 he won the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design. Previous books on his work include "Pamphlet 15" OneFiveFour (Princeton Architectural Press, 1989, now out-of-print), and Anarchitecture: Architecture Is a Political Act (Academy, 1992).

Some reviews of Radical Reconstruction:
"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."--Tom Avermaete, Archis

"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."--Neil Spiller, Architectural Design

"As an architect, Lebbeus Woods may never hit it big. But as an artist, he sure is hard to knock down. Woods has developed a cult following in recent years because of his apocalyptic vision, and, in Radical Reconstruction, he illustrates this vision with three projects set in areas of utter destruction: war-torn Sarajevo, bankrupt Havana, quake-ravaged San Francisco Harbor.... Over the course of 200 drawings, Woods's outlook becomes painfully clear, all sharp angles and impractical spaces. And you can see why--with the mind of a sci-fi writer and the eye of a comic book artist--he has become an underground hero of American architecture."--Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque, Sept 2 1997


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. He is the author of four books published by Princeton Architectural Press. He lives in New York City and teaches at the Cooper Union.


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