Everything is Architecture

A Reading List

Explore the history of radical architecture with this great reading list, handpicked by Andree Lathman.

Andree Lathman

18 Aug 2015



To coincide with our exhibition Everything is Architecture: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s, ICA Bookshop Sales Advisor Andree Latham has handpicked this fascinating reading list. All titles are available online or in our bookshop on The Mall.

Histories of the Immediate Present: Inventing Architectural Modernism
Anthony Vidler
Considering the impact of the avant-garde on the development of a clear modernist narrative surrounding architecture in the post-war decades, Anthony Vidler looks at four leading architectural historians of the 20th century and challenges their construction of a principal theory of contemporary design.

Collage City
Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter
Proposing a radical appreciation of the city as a ‘collage city’a notion that rejects the grand utopian visions of ‘total planning’ and ‘total design’Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter propose a critical reappraisal of contemporary theories of urban planning and design.

The Art-architecture Complex
Hal Foster
In his new work The Art-Architecture Complex, Hal Foster produces a rich argument documenting how a contemporary fusion of art and architecture, as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, is a prime indicator of broader social and economic trajectories requiring close consideration.

Clip Stamp Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196x to 190x
Beatriz Colomina and Craig Buckley
Thriving in the 1960s and 1970s, architectural magazine culture instigated a radical transformation in architectural culture. Bringing together 70 magazines from the period, from a broad range of countries, alongside a vast body of research and material from the publication’s accompanying exhibition Storefront for Art and Architecture (2006), the book tracks the growing significance of architectural magazine culture.

Hans Hollein: Photographed
Aglaia Konrad and Armin Linke
The work of the visionary Austrian architect Hans Hollein has theoretically and structurally redefined the term 'architecture' on an international scale. This publication presents photographic works by Aglaia Konrad and Armin Linke based on some of Hollein’s most memorable buildings from the past five decades, including the Museum of Glass and Ceramics in Tehran, and Vulcania, a volcano museum in Saint-Ours-les-Roches.

Walter Pichler: Drawings
Christian Reeder and Stephanie Weber
Throughout his 40-year career, Austrian artist Walter Pichler has been fascinated by the intermediate space between sculpture and architecture. Integral to this theme has been Pichler’s fascination with the human body, reflected by his renowned ‘futurist helmet’ designs but also by his figure sketches. This catalogue is dedicated to these more personal figure drawings and includes texts from art historian Christian Reeder and MoMA curator Stephanie Weber.

Wittgenstein's House: Language, Space and Architecture
Nana Last
Nana Last’s Wittgenstein’s House: Language, Space, and Architecture provides an in-depth and innovative examination of the design of the house Ludwig Wittgenstein produced for his sister, Margarethe Stonborough-Wittgenstein, by means of his the architect’s two principal texts, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) and Philosophische Untersuchungen or, Philosophical Investigations (1953).

Haus-Rucker-Co: Architectural Utopia Reloaded
Katja Blomberg
The radical work of Viennese architectural collective, Haus-Rucker-Co tested the performative potential of architecture to the limits. Spatial and environmental concerns such as air pollution influenced the group’s installations and happenings, the most memorable of which involved prosthetic or aeriform devices. Architectural Utopia Reloaded provides a revealing study of the group’s innovative architectural experiments, from the 1960s all the way up to the 2000s.

Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide
Owen Hopkins
Through identifying shared ideologies, aesthetic qualities, cultural trends and movements, Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide provides a valuable comprehensive guide to architectural periods and styles. Author Owen Hopkins categorises the idiosyncrasies of architecture through an extensive use of photographs to define the characteristic features of nearly 300 buildings. ■