AUDC Blue Monday Book Signing

AUDC and ACTAR invite you to a private event celebrating a new book:

Blue Monday: Stories of Absurd Realities and Natural Philosophies

By Robert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis

Discussion and book signing at

Studio X
Columbia University GSAPP
180 Varick Street
Suite 1610
New York, NY 10014

Thursday, 15 November 2007
6:00pm

AUDC’s first book is an architectural map of Empire. Intense research into three moments in modern culture offers a new understanding of our relationship to architecture, cities, and objects. The first, Ether, explores Los Angeles telecom hotel One Wilshire, a 39 story building of utter banality and complete mystery. The second, the Stimulus Progression, looks at the strange story of the Muzak Corporation and the invention of a culture of horizontality. The third, Swarm Intelligence, visits Quartzsite, Arizona, a desert town of some 3,000 people that annually swells to over a million residents as a horde of modern nomads descends upon it in their Recreational Vehicles. Charting out new forms of research and analysis, AUDC [Robert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis] explores the reality around us through philosophy, history, photography, architectural drawings and models, and new media.

"An adventure of the mind and spirit." — Dwell Magazine


"A provocative contemporary approach for inspired and imaginative metropolitan research" — Arq Magazine


"Simultaneously audacious and modest: [Blue Monday] reaches impossibly far, covering all scales, things without scale." — Archinect


"Unique research that architects should pay attention to now and in the future." — Archidose


"A guide to the Operating System of the System itself." Reinhold Martin

For inquiries, please contact

AUDC

info@audc.org
www.audc.org

or

Actar Publishers Inc.
158 Lafayette St. 5th Floor
tel +1 212 966 2207
fax +1 212 966 2214
officenyc@actar.com
www.actar.com

This event is co-sponsored by ACTAR, AUDC, and the Network Architecture Lab of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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