Places for Strangers: Ideas for Places, People and the City of Mæ Architects
Alex Ely, Michael How, Shumi Bose
Park Books, 2014
Softback, 164 pages
25 colour and 75 b/w illustrations
Dimensions: 140 x 240 mm
Condition: Very good
A compelling mixture of manifesto and manual, Places for Strangers builds on the set of principles and attitudes that have long driven London-based Mæ architects to advocate a new position on urban design and architecture, while also elucidating an approach to actually producing critically engaged design. Previously published in other publications and architectural journals or adapted from lectures, the essays featured here are polemic in their nature, aimed at illustrating the sociopolitical, ethical, and formal concerns that must be navigated in architecture today. Complementing the essays are contemporary analyses and revisitations of a number of Mæ architects’ projects that serve to illustrate how the firm’s core principles—themselves always in a state of renegotiation—can be enacted in actual designs and building projects. The result is sure to inspire creative new thinking about architecture and its place in contemporary society.