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NAO-CCC Collaboration & Book Project

Last semester we had a visiting artist, Sdrjan Jovanovic Weiss,  from the Normal Architecture Office (NAO) based out of Philadelphia.  On the Thursday night of his visit he gave a lecture and the following weekend held a workshop where we photographed a collection of architectural models.  Out of the workshop came a ton of photography and book (!) which is available for $23 here, on Lulu.

Here the description of the book, titled Picturing Recent Futures: Architecture of Fantastical Dormancy

“The aim of this workshop, which was led by Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, was to produce a series of staged photographic pictures about dormant aspects of iconic, fantastical and abstract architecture proposed in the name of a certain type of social imaginary or collectivity. This was be done by staging and photographing a series of architectural models of monuments identified from the Socialist era around the world as well as volumetric models of projects that Normal Architecture Office (NAO) is doing at the moment.  A comprehensive atlas of typologies across the socialist systems is currently being researched by NAO in collaboration with Tyler School of Art and Architecture were explored. Peculiar and strange examples like some unknown monuments from Yugoslavia, seceded Soviet Republics, North Korea and Libya—were under the scrutiny of the studio. Some architecturally known Socialist monuments by Oscar Niemeyer and some other Latin American architects also were represented.”

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