Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure, Kyle Miller (Editors)
Actar, November 2018
Paperback | 7 x 9 inches | 200 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1940291963 | $34.95
Possible Mediums presents a collection of sixteen speculative design mediums by emerging architects. Each chapter defines an active medium in contemporary architecture through descriptions, drawings, and objects. Possible Mediums arranges projects according to shared technical and aesthetic traits, creating a vibrant taxonomy of design. Descriptive texts explain the working principles behind each medium and introduce design concepts intended to inspire students and professionals alike. Through its many contributors, Possible Mediums establishes design as a collective endeavor propelled by the open exchange of ideas and techniques. Possible Mediums is not a systematic theory, a manifesto, or a banal survey; it is a projection of architecture and knowledge to come.
The second Chicago Architecture Biennial took place in late 2017 under the theme “Make New History.” The exhibition, which I covered for World-Architects, was curated by Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, who observed that “a generation of architects has noted a renewed interest in precedents of architecture” and are “producing innovative and subversive works grounded in the fundamentals of the discipline.” I used the shorthand of Postmodern(ism) to describe the contributions in this ilk, though I’ll admit that’s a bit disingenuous: less nuanced than the curators’ description and a severe simplification of what some young American architects (many Midwestern, refreshingly) are doing today. Deciphering the common tactics and design theories embedded within the work of such studios as Bittertang, Bureau Spectacular, Design With Company, Norman Kelley, and WOJR is not something I’ve tried, to be honest, but the best resource to be had is definitely Possible Mediums, which began as a summit at Ohio State University in 2013, continued as a traveling exhibition the following year, and recently made its way into book form.
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