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From Agit-Prop to Free Space: The Architecture of Cedric Price [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Stanley Mathews

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30. November 2006
Cedric Price was one of the most visionary architects of the late twentieth century, taking a playful, interactive approach to his projects that was wholly lateral and completely unconventional. He dealt with variable structures; creating works involving mobile classrooms running along rail tracks and prefab studios connected by cranes. Beginning with his work on the Fun Palace, a collaborative exercise with major avant-garde theatre practitioner Joan Littlewood, the book takes account of Price's relationships and biography over the course of his career, and the influence of the particular context and culture of post-war Britain upon his thinking - not only about architecture, but broadly about education, politics, business and technology. His permanent and temporary structures, from the Fun Palace, through to the Potteries Thinkbelt, the Magnets, and his seminal work on cybernetics, have influenced such architects and artists as Richard Rogers, Rem Koolhaas, Ron Arad, Bernard Tschumi, and Rachel Whiteread. "From Agit-Prop to Free Space" is the first and only authoritative text on Cedric Price's complete body of work, providing a broad overview, as well as detailed assessment of his buildings and thought along with an assessment of his continuing influence, where previous titles on Price have had a far narrower focus or have now been superseded in terms of accounting for his import in contemporary work. It is the result of extensive and exhaustive research based on vast quantities of unpublished archive material, including letters, memos, notes, drawings and recordings, by academic and writer Stanley Mathews. With beautiful illustrations and accessible text, a portrait is painted of a true radical, who overturned conventional ideas of what architecture means, and had a massive impact on the landscape of architecture in Britain. The broad spectrum of disciplines that Price engages with means that this timely publication will appeal not only to architects but to those involved in art, politics, science and culture.

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Cedric Price was one of the most visionary architects of the late twentieth century, taking a playful, interactive approach to his projects that was wholly lateral and completely unconventional. He dealt with variable structures; creating works involving mobile classrooms running along rail tracks and prefab studios connected by cranes. Beginning with his work on the Fun Palace, a collaborative exercise with major avant-garde theatre practitioner Joan Littlewood, the book takes account of Price's relationships and biography over the course of his career, and the influence of the particular context and culture of post-war Britain upon his thinking - not only about architecture, but broadly about education, politics, business and technology. His permanent and temporary structures, from the Fun Palace, through to the Potteries Thinkbelt, the Magnets, and his seminal work on cybernetics, have influenced such architects and artists as Richard Rogers, Rem Koolhaas, Ron Arad, Bernard Tschumi, and Rachel Whiteread.

"From Agit-Prop to Free Space" is the first and only authoritative text on Cedric Price's complete body of work, providing a broad overview, as well as detailed assessment of his buildings and thought along with an assessment of his continuing influence, where previous titles on Price have had a far narrower focus or have now been superseded in terms of accounting for his import in contemporary work. It is the result of extensive and exhaustive research based on vast quantities of unpublished archive material, including letters, memos, notes, drawings and recordings, by academic and writer Stanley Mathews. With beautiful illustrations and accessible text, a portrait is painted of a true radical, who overturned conventional ideas of what architecture means, and had a massive impact on the landscape of architecture in Britain. The broad spectrum of disciplines that Price engages with means that this timely publication will appeal not only to architects but to those involved in art, politics, science and culture.

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Professor Stanley Mathews of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York State has developed his manuscript through archival research and personal communications with Cedric Price, and with Joan Littlewood, Peter Cook of Archigram, Dick Hebdige, Frank Newby, and a host of other prominent figures in the world of architecture and culture. As such, this book provides a unique insight into the cultural milieu within which Price worked, and which continues to have resonance today.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book - Bad Binding 16. Juni 2011
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Writing a review for this book is difficult. There are very few truly good books on Cedric Price, whose novel ideas and designs should be a must for today's architectural students, if not people generally interested in revolutionary design, and/or the British cultural scene of the 1960s. Thus, the existence of this book is incredibly welcome, and the content, including rich descriptions of the projects and the culture in which they emerged, is excellent. So, on the one hand, this book is highly recommended.

On the other hand, the publisher used heavy-weight glossy stock for the pages, which makes it difficult to write notes in the substantial margins that they provide, or to mark pages - something that is inevitable if you are using this book for research, rather than pleasure. Furthermore, if you delight in wonderful books (as I do), then it is depressing to find that the combination of heavy-weight paper with poor binding means that by page 30, the book is already falling apart. By the end, it is in a shambles. While this might be an interesting comment on Price's predilection for impermanent structures, as a book lover and a researcher, it is highly problematic. I struggled keeping this book together while reading it.

Advice to the publishers - use thinner, non-glossy stock, well-bound. By amending the pages, in particular, the binding problem will probably be largely fixed, and will provide the reader a better experience. It will also reduce the cost of the book - and since the largest audience for this book might currently be students and researchers, the lowered cost might result in higher yields, via a larger audience.

As it stands, I would recommend the book for its content (which is, in truth, the most important aspect of any book), but I would not recommend the book based on its design, which is poorly realized - something a publisher of books on architecture and design should be radically aware of anyway.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fabulous topic, but too historical approach 8. Dezember 2009
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The book seems to be very biographical instead of being based on essential keywords. Nevertheless it is valuable and rare material on one of most interesting architectural/social projects of our time.

But the binding is terrificly bad: I haven't finished my reading yet, but the cover is completely teared loose, and the book itself is breaking into quires. Black Dog should have invested more in proper binding rather than choosing that posh paper.
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