Critical Spatial Practice 7:
Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs
Felicity D. Scott

Critical Spatial Practice 7:
Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs
Felicity D. Scott

Sternberg Press

Martin Beck, Flowers (detail), 2015. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal.
April 6, 2016
Critical Spatial Practice 7:Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of SignsFelicity D. Scott

Felicity D. Scott in conversation with Martin Beck and Nikolaus Hirsch: Monday, April 11, 2016, 7:30pm

311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002

Edited by Nikolaus Hirsch and Markus Miessen
Featuring artwork by Martin Beck


Sternberg Press is pleased to announce the publication of Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs by Felicity D. Scott, the seventh book in the Critical Spatial Practice series edited by Nikolaus Hirsch and Markus Miessen.

Viennese émigré architect Bernard Rudofsky (1905–88) is most frequently recalled for curating “Architecture without Architects,” the famous 1964 photography exhibition of vernacular, preindustrial structures at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Far from simply a romantic or nostalgic invocation of cultures lost to industrial modernity, Rudofsky’s exhibition drew on decades of speculations about modern architecture and urbanism, particularly their semantic, technological, institutional, commercial, and geopolitical influences.

Focusing on Rudofsky’s encounters with Japan in the 1950s—he described postwar Japan as a “rear-view mirror” of the American way of life—architectural historian Felicity D. Scott revisits the architect’s readings of the vernacular both in the United States and Japan, which resonate with his attempts to imagine architecture and cities that refused to communicate in a normative sense. In a contemporary world saturated with visual information, Rudofsky’s unconventional musings take on a heightened resonance.

Felicity D. Scott is associate professor of architecture, director of the PhD program in architecture, and co-director of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. She is also a founding coeditor of Grey Room, a quarterly journal of architecture, art, media, and politics published quarterly by MIT Press since fall 2000.  Her other books include Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics After Modernism (MIT Press, 2007) and Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-Insurgency (Zone Books, 2016).


Design by Zak Group
January 2016, English
10.5 x 15 cm, 144 pages, 7 color and 18 b/w, softcover with dust jacket
ISBN 978-3-95679-187-1


Previous volumes in the Critical Spatial Practice series:
Nikolaus Hirsch and Markus Miessen, eds., What Is Critical Spatial Practice? (artwork by Armin Linke)
Markus Miessen in Conversation with Chantal Mouffe, The Space of Agonism (artwork by Rabih Mroué)
Beatriz Colomina, Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (artwork by Dan Graham)
Keller Easterling, Subtraction (artwork by Metahaven)
Mark von Schlegell, Ickles, Etc. (artwork by Louise Lawler)
Eyal Weizman, The Roundabout Revolutions (artwork by Kyungsub Shin)

Jill Magid, The Proposal

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