Room for Artifacts

The Architecture of WOJR

Edited by William O'Brien Jr.

Room for Artifacts

Edited by William O'Brien Jr.

Distributed for Park Books

With Essays by William O’Brien Jr., John McMorrough, Dora Epstein Jones, and Nader Tehrani
240 pages | 40 color plates, 111 halftones | 8 x 11 | © 2016
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9783038600275 Published November 2016 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
WOJR: Organization for Architecture is an innovative group of designers based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are committed to the idea of architecture as a form of cultural production, engaging the intersections of art, architecture, and urbanism. With this idea at its foundation, Room for Artifacts contains a collection of sixteen architectural artifacts designed by WOJR—a mask, a church, a labyrinth, a dwelling, a bust, and a series of totems, among others.

The artifacts are presented three times throughout the book—in conceptual drawings, architectural drawings, and images. Certain characteristics recur, such as symmetry, frontality, figurality, proportionality, and play between flatness and depth, underscoring WOJR’s preoccupation with the fundamental aspects of architectural form that are rich in historical precedent. Room for Artifacts offers a new way to explore the role of architectural representation in a contemporary context, looking at how architects can invoke aspects of ideologies from architects of the past while establishing a progressive agenda for a forward-looking body of work.
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