Book Launch: Architecture and Beyond


DATE: Wednesday 18 October 2017
TIME: 6.30pm
VENUE: AA Bookshop

Join us for a drinks reception and discussion with Christopher Procter and Fernando Rihl, introduced by Grace Adam, to celebrate this new publication. 

Procter-Rihl is a multidisciplinary studio that navigates between the scales of architecture, furniture, product design, exhibition and landscape. In a world dominated by over-specialisation, there are few architects that inhabit these multiple areas consistently through their career. The studio proposes a new approach in architecture, Trans-Local, which brings together the familiar and the extraordinary, the local and the global. Unlike typical contextual approaches to place, this method creates tension between the familiar and the new. 

Architecture and Beyond surveys the work of the practice, revealing a design method based on linguistics fusing spatial verbs to local archetypes. The projects shown do not follow a chronological order but are clustered by four key design operations: fold, perforate, float and weave. They are firestarters to spatial investigations that are regularly revisited in different scales, programmes or disciplines. The method embraces a diagrammatic purity that is inevitably reflected in the projects.

Conditional design methods have been extensively explored by recent parametric and digital architecture delivering complex and extra-ordinary architecture as a non-contextual formal pursuit. What is new in Procter-Rihl's design method is the fusion of an operative system to a symbolic matrix creating an architecture that responds to locality but also is challenging and provocative. This book highlights 42 projects richly illustrated with more than 258 photos and 100 drawings.

Special launch price: £12.95 (RRP £16.95)

The AA Bookshop,  32 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3ES

Book Launch: Builders, Housewives and the Construction of Modern Athens

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Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop

Join us for a drinks reception with Ioanna Theocharopoulou to celebrate the launch of her new publication,  Builders, Housewives and the Construction of Modern Athens.

Sprawling beneath the Acropolis, modern Athens is commonly viewed in negative terms: congested, ugly and monotonous. A Mediterranean version of 'informal' urbanism prevalent throughout the so-called developing world, Builders, Housewives and the Construction of Modern Athens reassesses the explosive growth of post-war Athens through its most distinctive building type, the polykatoikia, a small-scale multi-storey apartment block (from poly meaning 'multiple' and oikos meaning 'house').

Theocharopoulou re-evaluates the polykatoikia as a low-tech, easily constructible innovation that stimulated the post-war urban economy, triggering the city's social mid-twentieth century transformation, enabling the migrants who poured into Athens to become urban citizens, aspiring to a modern life. The interiors of the polykatoikia apartments reflect a desire for modernity as marketed to housewives through film and magazines. Regular builders became unlikely allies in designing these polykatoikia interiors, enabling inhabitants to exert agency over their daily lives and the shape of the post-war city.

Theocharopoulou's reading draws on popular media as well as urban and regional planning theory, cultural studies and anthropology to examine the evolution of this phenomenon and, in light of Greece's recent financial crisis, considers the role polykatoikia might play in building an equitable and sustainable twenty-first-century city. 

Special launch Price £20 (RRP £24.95)

The AA Bookshop,  32 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3ES

70 Years of Concrete Quarterly


Artifice books on architecture and The Concrete Centre would like to invite you to the launch of landmark exhibition, 70 Years of Concrete Quarterly and associated book, The World Recast: 70 Buildings from 70 Years of Concrete Quarterly on Thursday, 7th September, from 6.30—8.30pm at The Concrete Centre, 26 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BT.

As the modern world rose from the rubble of the Second World War, it was shaped by one material above all others. In 1947, a new magazine honed in on this paradigmatic shift in architecture and design: Concrete Quarterly. Both

70 Years of Concrete Quarterly and The World Recast chart this journey through the stunning photography and eyewitness testimony of Concrete Quarterly’s rich and fascinating archive. They tell the story of heroic architecture, ingenious engineering and how the world we now take for granted came into being.

Plentiful and cheap, but also bold and undeniably modern, concrete suited the spirit of the post-war period perfectly. It was the obvious means of building the power stations, motorways and factories that would be the engines of economic recovery, and made possible a new era in architecture and design. But it was also the choice of a generation of designers keen to express themselves through radically new architectural forms and types of structure. 

On the night we will be celebrating and discussing the significance of concrete within modernism and other architectural movements, as well as expanding the conversation into the present day, offering crucial insight into concrete’s comeback within today’s architecture, as well as its recent popularity in contemporary culture at large.

The event will be free, but booking is essential. To book, follow the instructions here

Copies of The World Recast will be available for purchase on the night. 


simon conder: small works

The exhibition at the WORK gallery in Kings Cross between 1-30 June 2017 will celebrate the work of architect Simon Conder over the last twenty years. The exhibition coincides with the publication of the second monograph on Simon’s work, Simon Conder : Small Works by Artifice books on architecture. After London the exhibition will go to Glasgow and then travel internationally.

Simon’s work is about many things, but paramount is the desire to make things well, and to respond genuinely to the particular requirements of the client, the site and the budget. Many of his best projects have been created on very low budgets. Although always a very small studio, averaging three to four people, Simon Conder Associates have already won forty Architecture and Design Awards, including twice winning the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award for the best building costing less than one million pounds in Britain and twice being shortlisted for the biennial Mies van der Rohe Award for the best building in Europe.

This exhibition is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017



10.30 a.m. — 5.30 p.m.  Monday to Saturday


WORK Gallery

10A Acton Street