The PAX Monographs editorial team is pleased to announce the second issue in the series: I.M. PEI in CAIRO.
For the second issue we look into the narratives around I.M. Pei and his work by situating the architect and his international language of pyramids, ziggurats and pharaonic buildings in their place of origin: Egypt. Pei in Cairo examines the readings of these forms and the architect’s career once it becomes contextual in a place where they may be read as local rather than as part of a repertoire of international monumentality. Situating Pei in Cairo – the ‘Mother of the World’ – asks what context, monumentality and heritage mean for the built environment today.
Abstract Submissions: (250-350 word abstract required; drawings or sketches welcome)
Abstracts Due: November 30th, 2021.
ABOUT PAX MONOGRAPHS
PAX Monographs is a 10 issue series which reconceptualizes the architecture monograph from a retrospective exercise into a projective assertion, and in doing so proposes a productive reading of history. By pairing past architects with contemporary cities, the publication translates seminal work in unintended contexts to question the critical relationship between architecture and its cultural setting, offering potential answers in the form of new projects. By examining one through the guise of the other, we claim that a richer reading of both is uncovered.
The publication will revisit seemingly definitive bodies of knowledge to challenge their immutability within the discipline, creating both an archive of existing reference projects, and a collection of new work that can serve as a platform for future work.
PAX Monographs places history not as a distant reference, but a generative tool, and in doing so invites curiosity about buildings, cities, and ideas.
PAX Monographs was established in 2017 by Raffy Mardirossian, Paul Matevosyan, Ali Karimi, and Daniela Leon.
Mark Owens & Andrew Walsh Lister
McNally Jackson Books, New York City
Arcana: Books on the Arts, Los Angeles
Hennessey + Ingalls, Los Angeles
William Stout Architectural Books, San Francisco
Canadian Centre for Architecture Bookstore, Montreal
Prosper International Books, Taipei
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