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Alternative Histories

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Alternative Histories
Soft cover with thread-sewn binding, 235 x 300mm
204pp, with extensive colour and b/w illustrations

* Named one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2019 by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture *

With an essay by Marius Grootveld
Photography by Thomas Adank and Guus Kaandorp

Published to celebrate the Alternative Histories exhibition, first presented in London and at CIVA Brussels from 6–29 September.

Acknowledging that architecture is a corpus of inherited ideas, Alternative Histories began with a question: could a contemporary architect, with their own references, make a model that would respond to a drawing from the past? This book collects the 85 models produced by the same number of practices alongside the architectural drawings that prompted them, all of which are held in the UK-based archive of Drawing Matter. Taken as a whole, the responses challenge the facile understanding of concepts of reference, history or influence as drivers of contemporary architectural thinking. From methods to materials, the project opens up not only new ways of looking at the past, but also a series of conversations about how architects today shape their present.

Co-curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld.

The cover was produced in three versions, with photography by Thomas Adank, showing models by Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architekten, Bardakhanova Champkins and Sergison Bates London.

Designed by Studio Mathias Clottu, and published by Drawing Matter (2019).

AH_test from Drawing Matter on Vimeo.