Marshall Brown: The Architecture of Collage

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Publisher: Park Books, ISBN: 9783038602910,  Authors: Marshall Brown, Format: Hardcover, 310 x 260 mm, 91pp

Collage in architecture is more easily addressed as a conceptual approach or an aesthetic condition.

Despite its consistent presence throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, collage has never been considered a standard form of architectural representation like drafting, model making, or sketching. The work of Marshall Brown, an architect and artist, demonstrates the power of collage as an architectural medium as well as an architectural practice. In Brown's view, collage changes the terms of architectural authorship and challenges outdated definitions of originality that are common in the field of architecture.

This book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in summer 2022, features some 40 collages by Marshall Brown. The selection comprises images from his recent series titled Je est un autre and Chimera, as well as photographs of Ziggurat, a temporary pavilion designed for the Arts Clubs of Chicago and based on the Chimera series. Moreover, it presents pictures originating from visionary architectural and urban design proposals for Chicago, Detroit, and New York. The full colour plates are supplemented by essays that outline the conceptual foundations of Brown's intriguing oeuvre at the intersection of architecture and art.