Felicity D. Scotty D. Scott
Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs
Nikolaus Hirsch & Markus Miessen (Eds.)
The seventh publication from the ongoing CSP series focuses on postwar Japan through the eyes of Viennese émigré architect and social historian Bernard Rudofsky (1905–1988), who famously described it as a “rearview mirror” of the American way of life. In this volume, illustrated by noted contemporary painter Martin Beck, architectural historian Felicity D. Scott revisits the architect’s readings of the vernacular in the United States and Japan, which resonate with his attempts to imagine architecture and cities that refused to communicate in a normative sense. Best known for curating Architecture without Architects, the famous 1964 photography exhibition of vernacular, preindustrial structures at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Rudofsky drew on decades of speculation about modern architecture and urbanism, particularly their semantic, technological, institutional, commercial and geopolitical influences. In a contemporary world saturated with visual information, Rudofsky’s unconventional musings take on a heightened resonance.
144 pp / 18 b&w and 7 color
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