#13207

An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures without Architecture

mit press

Sitting somewhere between sourcebook and picturebook, An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures Without Architecture by New York based-MOS Architects represents an endearing combination of novelty and follow-through. The publication presents numerous individuals cut-and-pasted from a vast archive of architectural collages and drawings, compiled in a lavish tome adorned with gilded edges and thumb indentations. Some of the figures stand alone or in the company of others, like the cartoons by Léon Krier featured on the book’s covers, while others are accompanied by various props like a silhouetted groom leading a horse in an entry by Luis Barragan, or a bereted artist at an easel painting a vase of flowers, taken from a perspective sketch of the De Kunstlinie Theater and Cultural Center (1998) by SANAA. At 7.5 pounds, and almost 3 inches thick, the book is an exhaustive and exhausting work including entries by historical heavyweights like Palladio and Borromini alongside contemporary practices including Tatiana Bilbao, Go Hasegawa, and Office KGDVS. Packed full of so many examples, it’s hard not to think of both the massive body of architectural work this collection represents and the tedious labor involved in assembling this collection.

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