NATØ: Narrative Architecture in Postmodern London
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Routledge (12 Jan. 2017)
By: Claire Jamieson (Author)
Chronicling the last radical architectural group of the 20th century –: NATØ: (Narrative Architecture Today) –: who emerged from the Architectural Association at the start of the 1980s, this book explores the group’:s work which echoed a wider artistic and literary culture that emerged from the specific political, social and physical condition of 1980s London. It traces NATØ:’:s identification with a particular stream of post-punk, postmodern expression: a celebration of the abject, an aesthetic of entropy, and a do-it-yourself provisionality. NATØ: have most often been documented in reference to Nigel Coates (the instigator of NATØ:), which has led to a one-sided, one-dimensional record of NATØ:’:s place in architectural history. This book sets out a more detailed, contextual history of NATØ:, told through photographs, drawings, and ephemera, restoring a truer polyvocal narrative of the group’:s ethos and development.