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Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2013. 210 pages, illus. ISBN-13: 978-0615897189. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $15.00 [€13.00/£11.00] in print: paperbound/5.83 X 8.27 in.

The Funambulist Papers, Volume 1

This book is a collection of thirty-five texts from the first series of guest writers’ essays, written specifically for The Funambulist weblog from June 2011 to November 2012. The idea of complementing Lambert’s own texts on his blog with those written by others originated from the idea that having friends communicate with each other about their work could help develop mutual interests and provide a platform to address an audience. Thirty-nine authors of twenty-three nationalities were given the opportunity to write essays about a part of their work that might fit with the blog’s editorial line. Overall, two ‘families’ of texts emerged, collected in two distinct parts in this volume.

The first one, The Power of the Line, explores the legal, geographical and historical politics of various places of the world. The second, Architectural Narratives, approaches architecture in a mix of things that were once called philosophy, literature and art. This dichotomy represents the blog’s editorial line and can be reconciled by the obsession of approaching architecture without care for the limits of a given discipline. This method, rather than adopting the contemporary architect’s syndrome that consists in talking about everything but being an expert in nothing, attempts to consider architecture as something embedded within (geo)political, cultural, social, historical, biological, and dromological mechanisms that widely exceed what is traditionally understood as the limits of its expertise.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

WALKING ON A TIGHT ROPE: INTRODUCTION
Léopold Lambert

ENTROPY, LAW AND FUNAMBULISM
Lucy Finchett-Madock

THE CLEAR-BLURRY LINE
Daniel Fernández Pascual

POST-POLITICAL ATTITUDES ON IMMIGRATION,
UTOPIAS AND THE SPACE BETWEEN US
Ethel Baraona Pohl & Cesar Reyes

THE MOSQUE: RELIGION, POLITICS AND
ARCHITECTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Michael Badu

NOTHING TO HIDE
Mariabruna Fabrizi & Fosco Lucarelli

BRIEFLY ON WALKING
Caroline Filice Smith

FEMICIDE MACHINE/BACKYARD
Greg Barton

BECOMING FUGITIVE: CARCERAL SPACE
AND RANCIERIAN POLITICS
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

MY DEAR FRANCIS . . . WHAT KIND OF PHOENIX
WILL ARISE FROM THESE ASHES?
Nikolas Patsopoulos

MOVEMENT AND SOLIDARITY
Zayd Sifri

OPEN STACKS
Liduam Pong

A VISIT TO THE OLD CITY OF HEBRON
Raja Shehadeh

LAHORE’S ARCHITECTURE OF IN/SECURITY
Sadia Shirazi

RUIN MACHINE
Bryan Finoki

THE TEXTUAL-SONIC LANDSCAPE OF JACQUES
PERRET’S DES FORTIFICATIONS ET ARTIFICES
Morgan Ng

MAPPING INTERVALS: TOWARDS
AN EMANCIPATED CARTOGRAPHY
Nora Akawi

THE FUNAMBULIST ATMOSPHERE
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

APIAN SEMANTICS
Matthew Clements

DISSOLVING MINDS AND BODIES
Hiroko Nakatani

THOUGHTS ON META-VIRTUAL SOLIPSISM
Fredrik Hellberg

OLD MEDIA’S RESURRECTION
Linnéa Hussein

CINEMATIC CATALYSTS: CONTEMPT + CASA MALAPARTE
Danielle Willems

OFF THE GRID LEFT OUT AND OVER
Carl Douglas

TRANSCENDENT DELUSION OR; THE DANGEROUS
FREE SPACES OF PHILLIP K. DICK
Martin Byrne

THE POSSIBLE WORLDS OF ARCHITECTURE
Claire Jamieson

PET ARCHITECTURE: HUMAN’S BEST FRIEND
Carla Leitão

BREAD AND CIRCUS: AGORAE VS ARENAS
Eduardo McIntosh

MOTION ARCHITECTURE
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu

FIBROUS ASSEMBLAGES AND BEHAVIORAL COMPOSITES
Roland Snooks

UNFOLDING AZADI TOWER: READING
PERSIAN FOLDS THROUGH DELEUZE
Biayna Bogosian

TWIN (TECHNOLOGY/ART INDUCED)
ARCHITECTURAL DAYDREAMS
Esther Sze-Wing Cheung

DIY BIOPOLITICS: THE DEREGULATED SELF
Russel Hughes

TWO QUESTIONS FOR SEHER SHAH
Alexis Bhagat

THE GROUNDBRAKING CLARITY OF
RYAN AND TREVOR OAKES
Eve Bailey

WOULD HAVE BEEN . . . AN INVENTORY
Camille Lacadée

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