April 1, 2004
Phylogenesis--wait, we'll explain the title soon--is structured as a
reflection on the work that Foreign Office Architects (FOA) has produced during
its first 10 years of practice. With its genesis as a primarily speculative and
academic endeavor, FOA has recently expended much energy in the development of a
technical arsenal for implementing real projects.
Such explorations have been undertaken through a series of competitions,
speculative commissions, and lately some real projects, some of them already
completed, others still under construction. The outcome of these years is seen
not just as a series of experiments, defined by the specific conditions of a
project, but as a consistent reservoir of architectural species to be
proliferate, mutated, and evolved in the near future.
With the spirit of a scientific classification, the genesis of the projects
is here identified as the evolution of a series of "phylums," actualized--and
simultaneously virtualized--in their application to the specific conditions
where the projects take place.
Phylogenesis also includes an FOA-curated compilation of previously published
texts from several critics who analyze "external" topics that relate to
different aspects of the firm's discourse.
600 p., 18 x 13 cm