Is the idea of environment in architecture only ever reducible
to ‘environmental architecture’? For AA unit masters
Ricardo de Ostos and Nannette Jackowski the answer is a
resolute no. Instead they offer an alternative reading of
‘environment’, in which the brutal and lyrical are juxtaposed
through visually compelling narratives of architecture.
Illustrating their approach, this book presents ten years of
student projects, all prompted by the unit’s visits to extreme
geographic contexts – from the rainforests of Brazil to
the quarries of northern India. With additional photographic
documentation and conversations with Lebbeus Woods,
Geoff Manaugh and Peter Cook, Scavengers & Other Creatures
in Promised Lands explores the gripping power of myth
and fiction as radical narratives for imagining the near future
of cities and forests.
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London, 2017, 29x24cm, 152pp, illustrated, paperback.