Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal
Paris-based architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal believe in the luxury of simplicity. Known for their delicate interventions, they opened their 2015 lecture at Harvard University with a manifesto: Never demolish! Instead, they study and inventory the situation and densify without compressing individual space, promoting access and choice in their generous, open designs. In Freedom of Use, the second title in Harvard GSD’s compelling new Incidents series exploring underlying themes in makers’ process, the architects present a fluid narrative of their built and unbuilt work including a house in Niger made of branches, the expansive Nantes School of Architecture, and a public square in Bordeaux where, after months of study, they came to their design solution: do nothing. The book’s modest photography echoes their philosophy: small black-and-white exterior shots running alongside the text form a dialogue with the color interior photographs gathered at the end of the book.
5 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches / 96 pp / Extensive b&w and color
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HARVARD UNIV. GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN, MASS