A Second modernism
Our year of book design continues with this brick—928 pages!—of a book from MIT. Edited by Arindam Dutta, with help from many, including o,u’s Michael Kubo, and ably put together by Irina Chernyakova. o,u provided the template and worked with the team at MIT to make sure that all possible issues with the layout were resolved.
“After World War II, a second modernism emerged in architecture — an attempt, in architectural scholar Joan Ockman’s words, “to transform architecture from a ‘soft’ aesthetic discipline into a ‘hard,’ objectively verifiable field of design expertise.” Architectural thought was influenced by linguistic, behavioral, computational, mediatic, cybernetic, and other urban and behavioral models, as well as systems-based and artificial intelligence theories. This nearly 1,000-page book examines the “techno-social” turn in architecture, taking MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning as its exemplar.”