Object Lessons

Monuments in the Age of Anti-Monumentality


  • Authored by
  • Rodolphe el-Khoury and Robert Levit
  •  
  • Essay by
  • Paulette Singley, Andrew Payne, Nader Tehrani, Preston Scott Cohen, and Zeynep Çelik Alexander
  •  

Object Lessons

Monuments in the Age of Anti-Monumentality

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  • Authored by Rodolphe el-Khoury and Robert Levit
  • Essay by Paulette Singley, Andrew Payne, Nader Tehrani, Preston Scott Cohen, and Zeynep Çelik Alexander
  • specifications

  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Size: 9 x 11 in / 228 x 279 mm
  • Format: Portrait
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication date: 05-2016
  • Language: English
  • Photographs: 250
  • Illustrations: 150
  • Weight: 1.7 kg
  • Rights: World Rights Available
  • Price: USD $55 / €50 / ₤35
  • ISBN: 978-988-12252-6-9
  • description

  • Rodolphe el-Khoury and Robert Levit’s work take up the vexing problem of monuments and collective form. What is the form of the contemporary collective? Within and through the monuments and environments of collective life, can we be free together and how can be make real the forms of collective life? The work recognizes the pleasure in the binding form of the total figure and sees in this figure the impress of institutional life. But, the press of individuals, the unruly thriving of difference, also unsettles the forms of the work: counter forms inhabit and disrupt the monumental shape of their public buildings and spaces. Responsive media register the input and actions of individuals and produce sensuous events within and upon the body of their buildings. Conventions are recast through new parametric capacities in the production of architectural form, while current developments in interactive media refashion perceptions of the fixity of the built environment. The work documented in this book reflects, at a variety of scales, the tense relationship between community and individual. It inscribes this tension, between the one and the many, into the body of architecture and the city. In addition to el-Khoury and Levit’s own theoretical treatment of their work, contributions by Nader Tehrani and Scott Cohen, along with a number of other authors will assess the work in the context of contemporary and historical concerns of architecture.
  • biographies

  • Rodolphe el-Khoury and Robert Levit are partners in the design firm Khoury Levit Fong. This book is a document of their architecture and urban design work in this firm, and an account of the theoretical concerns that drive it.

    Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the Miami University School of Architecture. He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and associate professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. El-Khoury was trained as a historian and an architect; he continues to divide his time between scholarship and practice with Khoury Levit Fong. His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include The Little House, an Architectural Seduction, and See Through Ledoux; Architecture, Theatre and the Pursuit of Transparency. Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, and States of Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: New Directions from the Shanghai Expo.

    Robert Levit is director of the Master of Architecture program and associate professor of architecture at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. He was also the director of the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Toronto, assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His design work has been recognized through numerous awards and competitions. His articles on architecture including “Ornament: The Return of the Symbolic Repressed,” and “Design’s New Catechism,” have become staples of the current debates on architecture.

    Nader Tehrani is professor of architecture at MIT, where he served as the head of the department from 2010-2014. He is also Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry. Tehrani received a BFA and a BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He continued his studies at the Architectural Association, where he attended the post-graduate program in History and Theory. Upon his return to the United States, Tehrani received a MAUD from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991. 

    Preston Scott Cohen is the former Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. of Cambridge, MA. Projects recently completed include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, the Goldman Sachs Arcade in New York, the Datong City Library, and the Taiyuan Museum of Art. Presently, the firm is completing an addition to the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Cohen has received numerous awards and honors including induction as an academician at the National Academy of Art, an Annual Design Review Award, the Travel and Leisure Best Museum Award, five Progressive Architecture Awards, first prizes for seven international architectural competitions and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    Zeynep Çelik Alexander is an architectural historian. Her work focuses on the history of modern architecture since the Enlightenment with an emphasis on German modernism. After being trained as an architect at Istanbul Technical University and Harvard Graduate School of Design, she received her PhD from the History, Theory, and Criticism Program at MIT She has received research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a postdoctoral fellowship from Columbia University, and pre-doctoral fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Dedalus Foundation, DAAD, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

  • other editions available

  • Hardcover, limited edition in clamshell box
    Weight: 2.3 kgs
    Price: USD $70 / €63 / £45
    ISBN: 978-988-13975-9-1

Rodolphe el-Khoury and Robert Levit’s work take up the vexing problem of monuments and collective form. What is the form of the contemporary collective? Within and through the monuments and environments of collective life, can we be free together and how can be make real the forms of collective life? The work recognizes the pleasure in the binding form of the total figure and sees in this figure the impress of institutional life. But, the press of individuals, the unruly thriving of difference, also unsettles the forms of the work: counter forms inhabit and disrupt the monumental shape of their public buildings and spaces. Responsive media register the input and actions of individuals and produce sensuous events within and upon the body of their buildings. Conventions are recast through new parametric capacities in the production of architectural form, while current developments in interactive media refashion perceptions of the fixity of the built environment. The work documented in this book reflects, at a variety of scales, the tense relationship between community and individual. It inscribes this tension, between the one and the many, into the body of architecture and the city. In addition to el-Khoury and Levit’s own theoretical treatment of their work, contributions by Nader Tehrani and Scott Cohen, along with a number of other authors will assess the work in the context of contemporary and historical concerns of architecture.

  • Authored by Rodolphe el-Khoury and Robert Levit
  • Essay by Paulette Singley, Andrew Payne, Nader Tehrani, Preston Scott Cohen, and Zeynep Çelik Alexander

Contributors Biographies

Rodolphe el-Khoury and Robert Levit are partners in the design firm Khoury Levit Fong. This book is a document of their architecture and urban design work in this firm, and an account of the theoretical concerns that drive it.

Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the Miami University School of Architecture. He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and associate professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. El-Khoury was trained as a historian and an architect; he continues to divide his time between scholarship and practice with Khoury Levit Fong. His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include The Little House, an Architectural Seduction, and See Through Ledoux; Architecture, Theatre and the Pursuit of Transparency. Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, and States of Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: New Directions from the Shanghai Expo.

Robert Levit is director of the Master of Architecture program and associate professor of architecture at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. He was also the director of the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Toronto, assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His design work has been recognized through numerous awards and competitions. His articles on architecture including “Ornament: The Return of the Symbolic Repressed,” and “Design’s New Catechism,” have become staples of the current debates on architecture.

Nader Tehrani is professor of architecture at MIT, where he served as the head of the department from 2010-2014. He is also Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry. Tehrani received a BFA and a BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He continued his studies at the Architectural Association, where he attended the post-graduate program in History and Theory. Upon his return to the United States, Tehrani received a MAUD from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991. 

Preston Scott Cohen is the former Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. of Cambridge, MA. Projects recently completed include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, the Goldman Sachs Arcade in New York, the Datong City Library, and the Taiyuan Museum of Art. Presently, the firm is completing an addition to the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Cohen has received numerous awards and honors including induction as an academician at the National Academy of Art, an Annual Design Review Award, the Travel and Leisure Best Museum Award, five Progressive Architecture Awards, first prizes for seven international architectural competitions and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Zeynep Çelik Alexander is an architectural historian. Her work focuses on the history of modern architecture since the Enlightenment with an emphasis on German modernism. After being trained as an architect at Istanbul Technical University and Harvard Graduate School of Design, she received her PhD from the History, Theory, and Criticism Program at MIT She has received research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a postdoctoral fellowship from Columbia University, and pre-doctoral fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Dedalus Foundation, DAAD, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

  • Edition:Hardcover
  • Size:9 x 11 in / 228 x 279 mm
  • Format:Portrait
  • Pages:304
  • Publication date: 05-2016
  • Language:English
  • Photographs:250
  • Illustrations:150
  • Weight:1.7 kg
  • Rights:World Rights Available
  • Price:USD $55 / €50 / ₤35
  • ISBN:978-988-12252-6-9

Other Editions Available

  • Hardcover, limited edition in clamshell box
    Weight: 2.3 kgs
    Price: USD $70 / €63 / £45
    ISBN: 978-988-13975-9-1