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Making Architecture: The work of John McAslan + Partners

Kenneth Powell, Kenneth Frampton, Alan Powers, Chris Foges, Elizabeth Farrelly, Marwa El Mubark


The first survey in nearly two decades of the work of John McAslan + Partners

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Making Architecture both provides an up-to-date account of the work of John McAslan + Partners, one of Britain’s most respected and dynamic architectural practices, and analyses the culture of a studio that has made a remarkable contribution to architecture, place-making and the lives of individuals for four decades.

A series of thematic chapters includes detailed, fully illustrated descriptions of many recent and ongoing international projects, from Central and Waterloo stations in Sydney and ten new stations for Delhi Metro to the transformation of King’s Cross station in London; from the sensitive restoration of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to the new Doha Mosque and nearby Msheireb Museums in Qatar. It also includes the pioneering initiatives for which the McAslan studio has become well known and that underline the practice’s humanity and sense of social responsibility: the urgent restoration of the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the devastating earthquake in 2010; the Hidden Homelessness initiative, begun in 2017; the N17 project that provided a pop-up design studio in Tottenham, London, after the riots of 2011, with the aim of inspiring young people to become engaged in the regeneration of their own community; and many others.

Edited by Chris Foges, with a foreword by Kenneth Frampton and an introduction by Alan Powers, and with contributions by architectural specialists, this beautifully designed book offers the key to understanding the development and philosophy of one of the world’s most socially engaged architectural practices.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 540

Publication date: 24 August 2023

ISBN: 9780500025024

Contents List

1. Architecture Matters (Initiatives)
2. Modern Masters
3. Culture
4. Education
5. Working/ Living
6. Living Cities
Conversation Piece

About the Author

Kenneth Frampton served as Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, from 1972 to 2019, and was awarded the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale in 2018. His most influential book, Modern Architecture: A Critical History, was first published in 1980; a 5th edition was published by Thames & Hudson in 2020. Alan Powers is an architectural and cultural historian who teaches at the New York University in London, the London School of Architecture, and the University of Kent. His most recent book, Bauhaus Goes West, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2019. Chris Foges is contributing editor of the RIBA Journal and was formerly editor of Architecture Today magazine.