Architektur in Gebrauch - AG3

Architektur in Gebrauch - AG3
Author: Sandra Bartoli
Publisher: Büro für Konstruktivismus
Language: English
Size: 16,5 x 23 cm
Weight: 150 g
Binding: Softcover
Availability: In stock
Price: €10.00
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AG 3 – – Mancunian Way

AG3 is dedicated to the Mancunian Way, the elevated Highway that runs through Manchester. It is one of the city’s strangest and most compelling modernist beauties, received the 1968 Concrete Society Award and is recommended for an outing by the Manchester Modernist Society on their website: “At first sight this might seem an odd even perverse choice, a mistake perhaps. Have we gone too far with this adoration of the brutal, this ugly ode to the car, all around pollutant and bête noir of the green lobby, destroyer of much of central Manchester’s original pre-loft dwelling citizenry?” The Mancunian Way is an intrinsic and accepted part of Manchester, planned like a singularity of progress, later to be included in a never fully realized major circulation ring of highways which would have separated the city centre from the rest. This is a strange creature, its engineered details and structure show sophistication and extend their peculiar aesthetics to the large sunken traffic islands under the belly of the beast, all provided with bike and pedestrians tube-like subways. These are real concrete gardens, savage and rough in their material quality, habitats of birds, hedgehogs, and other animals, and a likely evocation of J.G. Ballard’s Concrete Island. Ballard’s 1974 novel finds its location in a sunken piece of land surrounded by highways whose description distinctively matches the intersection of the London Westway (A40) and the W Cross Route (A3220) designed by Maunsell & Partners, the same engineers who built the Mancunian Way. / AG3 also includes an interview with Richard Brook, Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture and member of Manchester Modernist Society, writing for their magazine The Modernist.

AG (Architektur in Gebrauch) is a magazine for architecture in use. Each number of this series documents one building or one built structure in its current state, considering its transformation while looking back at the moment when it was built. The term “use” (Gebrauch) constitutes from this perspective the driving force behind the development of every built structure.

AG is a magazine for the practice of architecture. Instead of another contribution to a history of architecture, repeating itself as an endless series of new buildings in which the photographs of the time of realization become the only instance of authenticity and influential moment, AG follows the opposite way by observing, from the point of view of the now, history as a simultaneous present. With the focus on the present, which is also the focus on the value of use, AG intends to seize the production conditions in architecture as the main discourse on the built environment.