The book ‘Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands’, edited by Ricardo de Ostos and Nannette Jackowski has just been published.
As AA unit masters, they ask if the idea of environment in architecture is only ever reducible to ‘environmental architecture’? And their answer is a resolute no. Instead they offer an alternative reading of ‘environment’ in which the brutal and lyrical are juxtaposed through visually compelling narratives of architecture. Illustrating their approach, this book presents ten years of student projects, all prompted by the unit’s visits to extreme geographic contexts – from the rain forests of Brazil to the quarries of northern India. With additional photographic documentation and conversations with Lebbeus Woods, Geoff Manaugh and Peter Cook, the book explores the gripping power of myth and fiction as radical narratives for imagining the near future of cities and forests.