“Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective” celebrating Cedric Price’s illustrious career

“Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective”, written and edited by Samantha Hardingham, is a two-volume anthology bringing together for the first time all of the projects, articles and talks by British architect Cedric Price.

 

Perspective view of Madeley Transfer area, Potteries Thinkbelt, 1963–66 © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Perspective view of Madeley Transfer area, Potteries Thinkbelt, 1963–66 © Canadian Centre for Architecture

 

Co-published by the Architectural Association (AA) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), the publication celebrates Price’s illustrious career as an influential thinker, philosopher, teacher and architect.

A student at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the 1950s, Price established his office in London (1960), going on to produce some of the most intensely imaginative and experimental architectural projects of the latter half of the 20th Century, including one of his very few built projects, the Aviary at London Zoo (1960-65) with The Earl of Snowdon and Frank Newby.


 

Book data

Cedric Price Works 1953 – 2003. A Forward-Minded Retrospective
Written and edited by Samantha Hardingham, October 2016 Two volumes and slipcase
Volume One: Projects
31 x 24cm, 912 pp, hardcover, full colour, extensive illustrations
Volume Two: Articles & Talks
31 x 24 cm, 512 pp, softcover, full colour, extensive illustrations RRP £150

 


It is however his un-built projects that cemented Price as a significant and influential figure in design, including ‘The Fun Palace’ (1960), his renowned project for a flexible and sociable space that was an inspiration for architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano’s Pompidou Centre in Paris.

 

CP with Snowdon and Newby at Aviary- (left to right) Frank Newby, Lord Snowdon and Price at the opening of the New Aviary © Cedric Price Estate

CP with Snowdon and Newby at Aviary- (left to right) Frank Newby, Lord Snowdon and Price at the opening of the New Aviary © Cedric Price Estate

Price leads a team of students working on a design project at the Rice Design Fete, Rice University, Texas, 1967 © Cedric Price

Price leads a team of students working on a design project at the Rice Design Fete, Rice University, Texas, 1967 © Cedric Price

 

Comprising of two volumes, Volume 1: Projects covers 112 works of Cedric Price Architects in chronological arrangement, drawing on all original material, spanning Price’s celebrated career. A hardbound volume containing over 900 drawings, photographs and images, many of which are previously unpublished.

 

"Cedric Price Works 1952-2003" © Brotherton Lock

“Cedric Price Works 1952-2003” © Brotherton Lock

Works spread © Canadian Centre for Architecture
Works spread © Canadian Centre for Architecture
Works spread © Canadian Centre for Architecture
Works spread © Canadian Centre for Architecture
Works spread © Canadian Centre for Architecture
Works spread © Canadian Centre for Architecture

 

Volume 2: Articles & Talks, looks into another dimension of Price’s practice, specifically his activities as a public speaker and writer. A mixture of illustrated lecture transcripts and facsimile pieces, this soft-bound, magazine-like compendium, completes the publication, together with a slipcase that houses both volumes.

 

Cross-section of Fun Palace showing structural frame with vertical and lateral circulation © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Cross-section of Fun Palace showing structural frame with vertical and lateral circulation © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Interior perspectival view of Fun Palace, c 1964. A version of this drawing, without people and with the ad © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Interior perspectival view of Fun Palace, c 1964. A version of this drawing, without people and with the ad © Canadian Centre for Architecture

 

To mark this milestone, in celebration of Cedric Price’s legacy, the AA and CCA are organising a series of events in 2017 in the US and internationally, following on from the UK launch at the AA in Autumn 2016.

A dedicated website for the book has been launched providing key information about the book and its associated launch events alongside excerpts from its contents and information on how to pre-order a copy: http://cedricpriceworks.com/

 

Photomontages of housing sites 7 and 17, Potteries Thinkbelt 1963–66 © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Photomontages of housing sites 7 and 17, Potteries Thinkbelt 1963–66 © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Sketch view looking south across Parliament Square in London towards the site of the former Houses of Parliament © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Sketch view looking south across Parliament Square in London towards the site of the former Houses of Parliament © Canadian Centre for Architecture

 

“Drawings, texts, models, recordings, books and reference material are all presented here as tantalising fragments of Cedric Price’s very big life picture. It is the aim of these two volumes to momentarily align these fragments, so that contemporary audiences have a springboard from which to dive into Price’s world.” – Samantha Hardingham, Author of Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective.

“The most monumental of anti-architectural monographs…appropriate for someone who once labelled himself ‘anti-architect number 1’” – Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association.

 

Model of Westpen by Cedric Price’s brother David © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Model of Westpen by Cedric Price’s brother David © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Cover of New Society featuring Pop-Up Parliament, 29 July 1965 © Canadian Centre for Architecture

 

The book Cedric Price Works 1952 – 2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective is available to pre-order now RRP £150.00, and is supported by the Graham Foundation and the Cedric Price Estate. It will be on sale at the Architectural Association’s bookshop as well as selected stockists in the UK and around the world from January 2017.

CEDRIC PRICE

Cedric Price (1934-2003) was a most unique British architect, born in Stone, Staffordshire. He is renowned for both his built and his unrealised works: the New Aviary at London Zoo (1964), Fun Palace – a masterpiece in collaboration (1960), Potteries Thinkbelt – a radical approach to integrating higher education with industry (1964) and Generator – ‘the world’s first intelligent building’ (1974) – all ground-breaking in their thinking about the emerging preoccupations of mobility and indeterminacy in the postwar years. Price’s name has been synonymous with the progressive architectural scene in Britain since the 1960s.

 

Cedric Price, architect © Cedric Price Estate

Cedric Price, architect © Cedric Price Estate

SAMANTHA HARDINGHAM

Samantha Hardingham is an architectural writer, editor and curator and has been a design studio tutor at the Architectural Association since 2008. She graduated from the AA in 1993 and her publishing work began then, with several editions of the original ellipsis architecture guide series. She went on to open the pioneering Crowbar Coffee in East London in 1994, and continued to publish widely including books on selected projects of Cedric Price (2003) and Archigram’s David Greene (2008), and devised the Supercrit Series of events and publications. She continues to lecture internationally and has curated a number of exhibitions on the work of Price.

ABOUT CEDRIC PRICE ESTATE

The Cedric Price Estate is comprised of family members who act to safeguard the good name and copyright on any of Price’s work that lies outside those institutions that hold the majority of his archive, specifically the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, St. John’s College, Cambridge and a few private collections. Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective was commissioned by the Estate and has been researched and produced with their full support and co- operation.


 

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