Paul Preissner runs Paul Preissner Architects; a pretty good office located in Oak Park, Illinois. Along with Paul Andersen he is the commissioner and co-curator of the Pavilion of the United States at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
He received a master’s of architecture from Columbia University and a bachelor’s of science in architecture from the University of Illinois. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and served as the Hyde Chair at the University of Nebraska. Paul is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture.
Kind of Boring
Canonical Work and Other Visible Things Meant to be Viewed as Architecture Paul Preissner Being boring (or boringness) has been one of the qualities of architecture an architect desperately tries to avoid. Not to provoke (or at least try to provoke) some reaction from one's audience is to admit to a lack of ideas or an absence of creativity. In Kind of Boring, Paul Preissner rejects the idea that architecture should demand anything from its audience. The "boring and dumb" architecture documented in this book leaves us alone. In this way, the work of Paul Preissner Architects produces a conceptual space, a meaning independent of our relationship to the work; we can only understand (or misunderstand) it. Kind of Boring looks at the origin of architectural ideas behind a work and the theoretical and practical consequences resulting from an architecture that prioritizes class politics through experimentation with formal practice. The book presents an