Pamphlet Architecture War and Architecture [Lebbeus Woods] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Pamphlet Architecture was begun in. War and Architecture has ratings and 3 reviews. Abraham said: Beautiful, passionate, and poetic. This book treads the so very thin line between the p. War and Architecture is a timely and moving response by architect Lebbeus Woods to the bombing of Sarajevo. With text in both English and.

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Note to the readers: I wish to apologize for what must seem a blatant self-promotion in this post, but it is not archiecture to separate the personal from the conceptual, because the two stories are here so fully intertwined. Architfcture I said in an earlier post, the ideas developed in this work have such currency in the present that, I believe, it is a necessary risk to take.

I must thank Clare Jacobson, its editor, and Kevin Lippert, its publisher, who worked hard to ensure that I would have it on the architecutre of my departure for Sarajevo. The text is in English and Croatian, thanks to Aleksandra Wagner, who made the translation of my text in English architectrue what was then still called Serbo-Croatian. This post is a continuation. I am revisiting the work I did some fifteen years ago for an unhappy reason.

In going over what I wrote about this work at the time—in —I find it inadequate in its explanation of what inspired the designs, drawings, and models and what I hoped to achieve by making them.

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I failed to put the work in the broader human context that it needed to be understood as proposals for architecture serving rational and needed purposes. I hope to correct—to the extent I can here—this failure.

Lebbfus of my work concerned with the Sarajevo crisis long ago, archittecture have often asked what I was working on for Baghdad, or Kabul, or Tripoli, or a growing list of cities that have shared its fate. My answer is always the same: While each is different, the destruction they have suffered is so similar to that suffered by Sarajevo that the principles I established there apply wlods well to the more recent catastrophes.

This is a crucial point. The specific buildings I addressed with my designs were meant more as demonstrations of how these principles nad work in particular cases, rather than as actual building proposals. Again, I strongly believe that reconstructions should be designed by local architects, who understand the local conditions far, far better than I ever could.

Before attempting to address the reconstruction prospects forced upon us by the destruction of Sarajevo, I studied the history of modern cities attacked in the Second World War. There is a massive literature on this heart-wrenching but crucial moment in human history.


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However, there is a small literature on the rebuilding of the damaged cities—many of which were severely damaged—and even less about the actual concepts that guided their reconstruction. From my studies, I can see only two guiding principles shared by the majority of post-war reconstruction projects. Restore what has been lost to its pre-war wqr. The idea considers the architectire as only an interruption of an ongoing flow of the normal. Demolish the damaged and destroyed buildings and build something entirely new.

Its application is very expensive financially, at the least.

After the war, it was the capital of an independent country and no longer Socialist. In this sense, it is not wqr to get back to normal. The pre-war normal no longer exists, having been irrevocably destroyed, Still, this does not mean that many—even most—people will not archtecture to do so. In such a society, wise leaders are needed to persuade people that something new must be created—a new normal that modifies or in some ways replaces the lost one, and further, that it can only be created with their consent and creative participation.

In effect, a new principle of reconstruction needs to be established. The post-war city must create the new from the damaged old. And because the new ways of living will not be the same as the old, the reconstruction of old buildings must enable new ways and lebbes of living. The familiar old must be transformed, by conscious intention and design, into the unfamiliar new.

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It is worth mentioning that the most needed buildings are the so-called ordinary ones—apartments and office buildings, primarily. Symbolic structures, such as churches, synagogues, mosques and those buildings of historical significance that are key to the cultural memory of the city and its people, must also be salvaged and repaired.

With these latter buildings, the First Principle—restoration to the pre-war state—is almost always justified, whatever the cost, which is always high.

However, the application woodz this principle to ordinary buildings makes no sense, because there is nothing especially memorable to restore. The projects for Sarajevo that demonstrate exactly what is meant by this term, accompanied by extended captions, are presented below. It is important to remember that most of such ordinary buildings are damaged only in part and can be salvaged by reconstruction for the post-war lebbeus and its new ways of living. New types of spaces woven into the surviving Cartesian structural frame, create a dialectic between timeless and timebound, a network of the unknown that inspires both dialogue and innovation: It really is the perfect addendum.

I really appreciate this post! I used both of these as my precedents in my architecture thesis December including in my final presentation—I read the following statements:.


I have attempted to contact you in the past. I would love to send you a copy of my thesis monograph pages if you accept that. Just what is the purpose of decorating damaged building structures with scrap airplane parts? Is it to make a sculptural statement about war?

As a professional and practicing architect that creates real buildings and deals with real conditions sans the comfy cushion of academiait amazes at the level of naiveity that gets peddled in architecture schools for such high professorship salaries. Do me a favor, just call what you peddle art, and call it a day.


This blog and your [LW] large body of work would not have influenced so many if that were such the case. I, like many, are grateful for this information, this exploration into the obvious solution for design build ops that architects and developers are so afraid of.

Some of the best spaces are those utilizing the 3rd principle of merging the present with the past, so that they may co-exist together making rich layers of information—wisdom.

Radical Reconstruction is radical recycling, reclamation, and just plain responsible. Radical Reconstruction is a serious way to build, rebuild and create a new way for communities to rapidly repair and heal. Haiti should have used all the rubble and made gabion building blocks as a major part of their RR-kit of parts. They could have utilized the essence of Rome and created a community—radically. Wire baskets, forklifts and a vision to restore community.

The biggest challenge I see here is who is in charge of the conceptual vision and can they handle utilizing principle 3? Lebbeus Woods Share this: LikeBe the first to like this post. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. LW above The front cover of War and Architecturean issue in the Pamphlet Architecture series that I took with me to Sarajevo in late November,when the city was under attack.

So, to the principles. I used both of these as my precedents in my architecture thesis December including in my final presentation—I read the following statements: Thank you again for this post! Labels are necessary to distinguish the quixotic from the pragmatic.

Michael Phillip Pearce Thank again LW for all the posts. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.