The City and the Architecture of Change

The City and the Architecture of Change

The Work and Radical Visions of Cedric Price

Witty and inspiring: the designs, ideas, and thinking of British architect and urbanist Cedric Price



Title Information

Tanja Herdt

1st edition

, 2017


206 pages, 91 color and 9 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-045-9


British architect Cedric Price (1934–2003) had a lifelong fascination with the mechanization of society and its effect on people’s lives. In the 1960s and ’70s, Price began to look for answers to some of the pressing problems he saw in society in the tenets of architecture and design. His intense intellectual curiosity soon led him to other disciplines, including the social and natural sciences, while his sense of humor and self-irony—which also extended to his profession—allowed him to keep his ideas in perspective.

With The City and the Architecture of Change, Tanja Herdt offers the first comprehensive look back at the life and work of Price. Based on extensive research, including previously unpublished materials, Herdt provides a thorough account of Price’s key architectural concepts and visions, and then analyzes his perspectives on the city as a system, the influence of products and contemporary culture on architecture, and the role of science and technology in architecture and design. Apart from providing new insights into Price’s well-known projects, such as Fun Palace and Potteries Thinkbelt, Herdt also brings to light many lesser-known works from the 1970s, like McAppy and The Generator. She concludes by refuting the common perception of Cedric Price as an “anti-architect.”

Richly illustrated with plans and photographs, many of which have never been published before, The City and the Architecture of Change affords a glimpse into the mind of this highly creative and forwardthinking architect.


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Authors & Editors

Tanja Herdt

 is an architect who works as an urban designer and consultant in Switzerland and lectures at Technical University of Munich. She has obtained her PhD with a dissertation on Cedric Price.


«The book consequently progresses far beyond the description and analysis of Price’s work and provides differentiated insights into the architect’s search for alternative overall systems for democratic and liberal cohabitation.» Judith Block, form Design Magazine