eVolo 05: Architecture Xenoculture

  • 11 Jun 2013
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  • Architectural Books Publications

Xenoculture is a term coined by Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani that describes the need for embracing and exploring the unexpected, the alien. In this issue we borrow the idea and explore the realm of Architecture Xenoculture — the work of architects and designers who detach from everything that architecture is supposed to be and look like, including preconceived forms and aesthetics, to look into new architectural and design possibilities. An architectural form that emerges from mathematical processes and new material explorations and proposes something never before seen — an aesthetic yet to be determined.

Some of the work showcased has been produced by leading architecture practitioners and academics worldwide including: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Servo, Francois Roche, Marc Fornes, Kokkugia, Zaha Hadid, Volkan Alkanoglu, and Rafael Lozano among others.

Architecture Xenoculture is the problematization of work produced by embracing the proliferation of this mist of fear. It argues for the harnessing of this aesthetic of fear towards a yet-to-be determined end – intensifying its practice towards new thresholds, those that unleash the potential of the alien in the world beyond the limited imaginary we have become anesthetized to, conjuring insecure material and behavioral manifestations of the xeno-gene and its ability to adapt, mutate, survive and fight.

CONTENTS:

- News
- Editorial
- Act 01: Shoot
- Act 02: Assess
- Act 03: Ask
- Act 04: Autopsy
- Act 05: Xenoform

Publisher: publications
Guest Editors: Juan Azulay (Matter Management), Benjamin Rice 
Cover: Perfect Bound 
Size: 9″ x 11.5″
Language: English
Pages: 300 
ISSN: 1946-634x
ISBN: 978-1938740039

 
Cite: Hernandez, Diego. "eVolo 05: Architecture Xenoculture" 11 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=385910>

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    Flipped through this in a bookstore, it was virtually incoherent, which is unfortunate because even though previous evolo publications were very prgressive and edgy in the work that they showcased, that work was always recognizeable as architecture. This has no architecture in it at all.

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