Don't listen to us, We are a load of stupid heads.
Below is a list of some of the books and magazines
that we have found valuable in getting our heads around various issues.
Obviously it's not exhaustive and it's got gaping holes, but some people
may find it usefull.
The End of Architecture - Documents and Manifesto's, Ed P.Noever, Prestel,
1983 - A series of essays by architects including Zaha Hadid and other
cronies, they all met up to discuss how architecture should move on, this
is what they think.
The Foucault Reader, Ed P.Rabinov, Penguin, 1991 - Short writings
about a wide range of Foucaults thoughts and an introduction to state
control and the geneology of oppressive architecture.
Occupying Architecture, Ed J.Hill, Routledge, 1998 - A very interesting
read and something we hope more architects would read, hopefully they
will as Jonathan Hill teaches some of the buggers. Unfortunately has a
rather dissapointing ending with a proposal for yet another poncey architectural
The Power of Architecture, Architectural Design, 1998 - A good
book, in particular the part about terrorism and architecture.
Signs, Symbols and Architecture, Ed G.Broadbent & R.Buchister,
Wiley, 1980 - Umberto Eco's essay is the best one from this book,
looking at how we read and recognise architectural signs etc.
Art / Activism
Art in Theory 1900 - 1990 Ed C.Harrison &
P.Wood, Blackwell, 1992 - Every art students theoretical bible,
this brings together writings on more things than you can shake a stick
Escape Attempts - The theory and Practice of resistance to everyday
life, S.Cohen & L.Taylor, Routledge, 1992
Lipstick Traces, Greil Marcus, Secker & Warburg, 1983 - A look
at subversive culture throughout the twentieth century, Sex Pistols, Dada,
Surrealism, Situationists, Rock n roll.
The Situationist City, Simon Sadler, MIT Press, 1998 - An account
of the situationists architectural critiques and proposals.
The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord, Black And Red, 1983 -
The 1968 manifesto of discontent, sound bites of debords theory, quite
heavy going but worth the struggle.
No Logo, Naomi Klein, 2000 - The original
anti global capitalism bible, If you haven't already read this, you should
have. But don't just read this, it's a call to arms, it will piss you
off, but where do you go then.
The Silent Takeover, Noreena Hertz, Random House,
2001 - The English No Logo, a european look at global capitalism,
concentrating on how democracy is changing for the worse and government
is backing out and handing over control.
The No-Nonsense guide to Globalisation, Wayne
Ellwood, Verso, 2001 - A fairly comprehensive guide to the state
of play with an economical approach as opposed to supporting environmental
or social issues. Also includes several economic suggestions as to specific
things that would change the way things are.
Anti-Capitalism, Eds E.Bircham & J.Charlton,
Bookmarks, 2001 - A wide ranging book bringing together groups
such as Globalise Resistance, freinds of the earth, ATTAC, Jubilee Plus,
Oxfam and more. The book has some holes and other parts perhaps a bit
weighted, it is by no means a definition or manifesto as the title seems
to suggest, but thank god for that.
The New Rulers Of The World, John Pilger, Verso,
2002 - Written by one of the best investigative journalists around
this give a good insight and historical background to a number of issues,
from sweatshops in Indonesia, to American foreign policy agendas and state
terrorism. Post September 11 this gives a valuable look at where our world
is heading, and opposes the Noreena Hertz view that governments are backing
out, rather as pilger puts it they are just giving up their social responsibilites.