A fluid narrative of Lacaton and Vassal's oeuvre based on the duo's lecture at Harvard University in 2015.
Taking the form of a manifesto, this text presents the architects' main principles: study and create an inventory of the existing situation; densify without compressing individual space; promote user mobility, access, choice; and most importantly, never demolish. Articulated through processes of accumulation, addition, and extension, the volume describe Lacaton and Vassal's built and unbuilt work, from a house in Niger made of little more than branches; to the expansive Nantes School of Architecture; to a public square in Bordeaux where, after months of study, their design solution was: do nothing. Lacaton and Vassal's principle of doubling space is echoed in the book's treatment of photography: black-and-white exterior shots that run alongside the text form a dialogue with corresponding full-color photographs of each interior, gathered at the end of the book.
This book is part of “The Incidents” series, based on events that occurred at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design between 1936 and tomorrow.
The Paris-based architects Anne Lacaton (born 1955) and Jean-Philippe Vassal (born 1954) are known for an architecture
that privileges inhabitants' freedom and pleasure through generous, open designs. they are the laureates of the 2021 pritzker architecture prize.
Edited by Jennifer Sigler and Leah Whitman-Salkin.
Graphic design: Åbäke.
published in October 2015
13,5 x 21 cm (softcover)
96 pages (15 b/w & 13 color ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-95679-173-4
EAN : 9783956791734