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The Surreal Visions of Hernán Díaz Alonso/HDA-X

Hernán Díaz Alonso, John Hoke

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A spectacular showcase of the leading-edge architectural designs from the multidisciplinary, Los Angeles-based design practice


Since graduating from Columbia’s School of Architecture and a stint working for Peter Eisenman, one of the world’s most forward-thinking practitioners and thinkers, Argentinian-born Hernán Díaz Alonso has developed an arresting architectural language that has attracted leading institutions and a worldwide student following, as well as the respect of his peers, since he established his studio in Los Angeles in 2001. His competition-winning design for New York’s MoMA PS1 in 2005 was a global sensation.

Although very active in the digital space, Díaz Alonso’s work is not often seen in print. This is the first major publication to collect the wide range of his oeuvre, much of it in his signature surrealist style, from large-scale museum competitions and landscape schemes to furniture and silverware. Taken as a whole, it is unquestionably the work of a visionary designer at the height of his abilities. Alongside exquisite renderings that push the boundaries of possibility are detailed plans and drawings revealing just how real these buildings could be.

Not often in a generation does an architect emerge with such startling visions of how our cities might be transformed. This transfixing publication offers truly exciting propositions for a radical new world.

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'Díaz Alonso is the strongest pure designer of his generation. While his style is immediately identifiable, it is impossible to pigeonhole.... He is recognized as a leader, not just of his generation, but of the future of architecture that this generation will build'
Zaha Hadid

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 23.5 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 400 pp

Publication date: 21 November 2019

ISBN: 9780500343500

About the Author

Hernán Díaz Alonso is the director of SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. He is also principal of Xefirotarch, a multidisciplinary practice praised for its work at the intersection of design, animation, interactive environments and radical architectural explorations. In 2005 he won MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program (YAP) competition, and in 2012 received the Educator of the Year award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

John Hoke is Nike Inc.’s Chief Design Officer, where he leads the company’s global design team and creative community of over 1,000 designers charged with inspiring and innovating hundreds of apparel and footwear styles each year.

List of Contributors

David Ruy, Joe Day, Marcelyn Gow, Florencia Pita, Benjamin H. Bratton, Rachael McCall