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The Inflatable Moment: Pnuematics and Protest in '68 (Anglais) Broché – 1 septembre 1999
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To a group of architecture students at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the turbulent year 1968, the idea of the inflatable held a promise of mobility, movement, energy, and escape. Seeking to overturn the inertia and oppression that they believed characterized mainstream architecture, the Utopie group (as they called themselves) designed a series of pneumatic buildings, furniture, and environments, all heavily influenced by American military structures and comic books as well as by the work of Buckminster Fuller, Henri Lefebvre, Jean Baudrillard, and London's Archigram. Though Utopie architects Jean Aubert, Jean-Paul Jungmann, and Antoine Stinco were unable to realize their dream of a society literally built on air, their fanciful, exuberant, witty, and highly detailed drawings remain some of the most extraordinary in modern architecture. The Inflatable Moment documents this fascinating intersection of architectural, social, and political history, as it presents a complete, annotated catalog of the designs of the Utopie architects alongside similar structures from the period. Essays on the pneumatic phenomenon and the intellectual history of the Utopie group are supplemented by reflections by the three architects, each written especially for this book.
Biographie de l'auteur
Marc Dessauce Marc Dessauce, a New York-based architectural historian, is the author of Machinations and a former contributor to Casabella.
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deeper than you thought
le 15 mai 2000 - Publié sur Amazon.com
So you thought that inflatable chairs were just goofy, disposable conversation pieces - the lava lamp of furniture, doomed to evoke hazy images of some late 60s lysergic idyll no matter how many times they come back in fashion. This book is here to blow that perception out of the water - to tell for the first time the fascinating story of inflatables: how the idea emerged from the US military, was baptized by the ludic "instant city" manifestoes of Archigram, and became bound up in the politics of the Situationist-inspired street protests of May '68. There aren't quite as many high-quality images as I'd have liked, and from time to time the book descends into unwonted theoryspeak, but I know of literally no other reference on this particular moment - one where optimism, liberation, and technology fused to suggest possibilities where none had existed before. Highly recommended.