Flesh: Architectural Probes
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press 1994 Author: Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio ISBN: 9781878271372 Format: Softcover, 256pp, 273x210mm
The work of New York-based architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio is consistently at the cutting edge of current thought, helping to radically redefine the role of the architect and architecture in contemporary society. Targeting the body as ‘a site of transient inscriptions, inseparable from program,’ they constructed Flesh, a book/project that, in their words, ‘maps out strategies for “contractual space” in which architecture can perform critically within encoded spaces of privacy and publicity.’ The result is a dynamic publication that is not so much a book about their projects as it is a reworking of their projects – interwoven with multiple strands of text and imagery, Flesh is an ‘indexical structure’ that allows the reader to determine diverse paths through the document.
‘Some now regard Las Vegas as a wave of the future, the ultimate architectural incarnation of a society that can't get off the roulette wheel. I'll put my money on Diller and Scofidio. This gifted team takes architecture back to the front of ideas.’ – Herbert Muschamp, The New York Times