Lebbeus Woods: Anarchitecture: Architecture is a Political Act (Architectural Monographs No 22)
Author: Lebbeus Woods, Peter Noever
Publisher: Academy Editions/St Martin's Press
Release Date: October 01, 1992
From the cover:
Lebbeus Woods’ architecture is one of continual research. His drawings are propositions of new ways of living, rather than merely new ways of building. His architecture is instructive: ‘…these projects propose new social structures, implemented by new urban forms and architecture, intended to be realised within existing cities,,’ but it is never prescriptive, always urging possibilities for social, cultural and political transformation.
This Monograph illustrates the range of Lebbeus Woods’ ideas. The projects featured here are from the past decade, but have been developed over a whole career, and include the recent Zagreb Free Zone and Berlin Free Zone designs as well as the earlier projects such as Four Cities and Centricity. Together with texts by the architect, they show an architecture informed by science and politics; the free zones and freespaces Woods designs become a ‘second nature’, a terra nova. Peter Noever, in his introduction to the architect’s work writes: ‘Lebbeus Woods’ criticism is shattering. He creates autonomous fields of force with his projects, murderously visionary images: real, frightening, and at the same time liberating.’ As we can see in the work presented in this volume, the force behind the images, models and installations is immense, illustrating an architecture instrumental to the processes of experimentation, change and freedom.
6 AT THE OUTERMOST BOUNDARY by Peter Noever
8 ANARCHITECTURE: Architecture is a Political Act
20 Four Cities
50 Underground Berlin
64 Aerial Paris
96 Berlin Free Zone
110 Zagreb Free Zone
128 Antigravity Houses
134 Double Landscape, Vienna