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A provocative declaration of war on utopia, powered by a fuel rich in social justice and sharp humor. Architects, hide it from your clients and your students -- it is an unusual and explosive mixture that produces difficult questions like spores. With this book Jeremy Till raises the starting price on all our discussions of architecture. -- Paul Shepheard, author of What is Architecture? and Artificial Love
Jeremy Till is Head of Central St Martins/Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London, and a partner at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Their projects include the pioneering 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Strawbale House and Quilted Office), winner of multiple awards. He represented Britain at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Boldly and elegantly, Architecture Depends asserts that
architecture is absolutely dependent upon the 'contingent',
difficult and perverse factors that architects have long tried to
ignore in an effort to be pure, self-important and
professional...What Till's book achieves is to set out with great
clarity the territory in which the debate around future action must
take place. -Robert Mull , Architects' Journal
Architecture Depends is an attempt to save the profession from itself and a manifesto for an architecture that acknowledges its relationship with the world and its duty to others...This is a brave, enjoyable, affirming and important book and I actually felt sad to have finished it. -Flora Samuel, Times Higher Education (Book of the Week)
The book performs a wonderful contextualizing function, making architectural intervention, from idea to event, depend on the wide range of human habits and spheres of influence that we normally sum up as 'the world'. -Lucas Freeman, Scapegoat
Thought-provoking and important...Architecture Depends raises the question of the relationship of architecture and life to a new level. -Anni Vartola, Arkkitehti (Finland)
Till's book is about the world he knows and how one conveys ideas behind architecture. It is a superbly written, frequently fascinating set of arguments that will support architects who wish to use the messy stuff of life for their own advantage. -Tim Abrahams , Blueprint