DULIERE, Aude-Line and Clara WONG

Monsterpieces: A Retrospective of Retro-perspective

Series: Book Launch/Lecture
Date: Monday 25 October 2010
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop/AA Dining Room
Running time: 0 mins

Book launch, reception and discussion panel with Liam Young, Penelope Haralambidou, Oliver Domeisen, Ben Campkin

Join us in celebrating this parade of Monsterpieces from the 2000s …
Monsterpieces presents a collection of kids’ bestiaries as a critique of Monster Contemporary Architecture. It is a reinterpretation of contemporary iconic forms and the contemplation of the future states of these masterpieces, or more fittingly, Monsterpieces. In this book, two Harvard architecture graduates Aude-Line Duliere and Clara Wong challenge their minds un-learning architecture history; with essays by Antoine Picon, Spyros Papapetros, Timothy Hyde, Monica Ponce de Leon, Jonathan Solomon. They speculate on the future state of post-occupancy of contemporary architectural icons, creating a retrospective of future archeological studies.

A response and critique of iconic perFORMance – the current architectural trend in competing for attention – this fiction tells the story of building forms that do follow function. In this fabular manifesto, each
eccentric form finds its justification in a speculative function, with surreal and dystopian connotations.
These zoomorphic graphic explorations show not only what the future forms of the buildings will be, but also possible re-appropriation of programme by their users. By projecting ecological reforms that reshape the anatomy of the buildings, these speculations glorify the absurdity of architectural
forms in the 2000s.
Published by ORO editions, 2010

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