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Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto

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An inventive visual and literary atlas of alternative architectural strategies

>With projects by Le Corbusier, Team 10, Constant, Victor Gruen, Yona Friedman, Archizoom, Superstudio en Rem Koolhaas
> Comprehensive exploration of alternative models of architectural and urban thinking and representation
> Provides architectural historians, practitioners, students and the general public with the blueprint to ask critical questions about the pressing challenges affecting the world today.

Narrative Architecture reveals a stream of remarkable architectural and urban visions in the twentieth century that culminated in the construction of one of the most powerful, misunderstood and underutilized weapons of architectural and urban critique, thinking and representation.

This historical genealogy in three parts weaves inseparable modern architecture and narrative critique through never before seen images of half a century of utopian, heroic, commercial, ironic and critical projects by Le Corbusier, Team 10, Constant, Victor Gruen, Yona Friedman, Archizoom, Superstudio and Rem Koolhaas.

Alluding to Diogenes, the ancient kynic who wandered with a lantern in search of an honest man, through narrative, archival and provocative images and texts, the book lays the groundwork in search of an honest architecture able to question the pressing challenges of our times.

Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski are architects, educators, codirectors of international studio WAI Architecture Think Tank and authors of Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture.

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October 2019 | expected | Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski / WAI Architecture Think Tank | design: Team Thursday | English | hardcover | 24 x 31 cm | 132 pages | in conjunction with: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Michelle Garnaut College of Architecture University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute for Optimistic Architectures, U.S. Consulate General-Shanghai

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