For this issue we compiled a reading list of suggestions from our friends and colleagues. As the titles came in, we noticed that the overwhelming majority bore no direct relation to conventional architectural discourse. It may be the summer, or it may just be that everyone blew their budget on S, M, L , XL.
In any event, we continue this sidestepping of the mainstream and present reviews of books that themselves are disparate collections of essays on art theory, visuality and postmodern urbanism.
Grahame Shane describes incursions made by alternate voices and views of the city in Postmodern Cities and Spaces, Joe Day argues for a broadening of architectural vision in a decade of pragmatism in his review of the Dia Art Foundation Discussion Series, while Kevin O’Brien poses alternatives to erudition in his review of Compulsive Beauty.
Meanwhile, Tom Marble describes the materialization of a screenplay in the mind of a designer, while Arden Yang presents the architectural imaginings of a movie producer. In closing this issue we remember the passing of a good friend. The newsletter has been redesigned, and we gratefully acknowledge the talents and generosity of Richard Massey and Massive Design.
– the editors