Places for Strangers
Ideas for Places, People and the City by Mæ architects
Philosophy, vision and work of London-based Mæ architects
1st edition, 2014
164 pages, 25 color and 75 b/w illustrations
17 x 24 cm
A compelling mixture of manifesto and manual, Places for Strangers builds on the set of principles and attitudes that have long driven London-based Mæ architects to advocate a new position on urban design and architecture, while also elucidating an approach to actually producing critically engaged design. Previously published in other publications and architectural journals or adapted from lectures, the essays featured here are polemic in their nature, aimed at illustrating the sociopolitical, ethical, and formal concerns that must be navigated in architecture today. Complementing the essays are contemporary analyses and revisitations of a number of Mæ architects’ projects that serve to illustrate how the firm’s core principles—themselves always in a state of renegotiation—can be enacted in actual designs and building projects. The result is sure to inspire creative new thinking about architecture and its place in contemporary society.