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News from a post-iconic world
Josep Lluís Mateo, ETH

In the past, buildings and other constructions representing singular moments for the community were called monuments. Their origin was expression of power, celebration of ritual or collective affirmation. In the contemporary world, a project that aspires to be exceptionally expressive is commonly called an Icon. This book claims that star-architects and their “iconic” architecture are no longer valid today, as these projects are all driven by marketing machineries. Architecture should re-emerge as a credible artefact and fulfill the transcendent demands of our time. The publication begins with a series of general texts on themes that vary but all share a common critical look at the role of the iconic on the recent architecture scene.

With contributions of
Yannis Aesopos, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Isabel Concheiro, Sabine Von Fischer, Naoto Fukasawa, Hans Ibelings, Krunoslav Ivanisin, Alicia Guerrero Yeste, Fredy Massad, Daniel Kiss, Josep Lluís Mateo, Jasper Morrison, Agustí Obiol, Florian Sauter, Peter Sloterdijk, Elías Torres Tur, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto.




Author: Josep Lluís Mateo, ETH
Editor: Florian Sauter
Size: 16,5 x 22 cm.
Pages: 148
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: 2009
Published by: Actar Publishers & ETH Zürich
ISBN: English 9788496540712

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Josep Lluís Mateo, ETH


The tradition of the Icon includes its antagonist; the Iconoclastic movement, which destroyed all representations of divinity by arguing that they destroyed its essence.


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