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Paperback | $28.95 Trade | £21.95 | ISBN: 9780262622004 | 248 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 18 b&w photos| June 2006

Camouflage

About the Author

Neil Leach is an architect and theorist who has taught at a number of institutions worldwide, including the Architectural Association in London, the Dessau Institute Dessau, Germany, and Columbia University. He is the author, editor, or translator of more than a dozen books, including Rethinking Architecture, The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT Press, 1999), and Alberti's On the Art of Building in Ten Books (MIT Press 1991).

Reviews

“This exquisitely designed publication is itself an aesthetic domain, understated and carefully considered. Its cover is subtly seductive. All illustrations are of a young women adapting, assimilating, and blending into various environments. They are hauntingly beautiful and are important to the craft and message of the book, yet they are also mysterious. All we are told is that they are the work of 'the late Francesca Woodman.' One suspects that there is further meaning that is hidden—perhaps through camouflage.”—Architectural Record

Endorsements

“In his extraordinary new book, Neil Leach addresses the cultural significance of representation and its role in defining our belonging to the world. The concept of camouflage, a form of inscription in space, eloquently points to the contemporary need for engagement, connectivity, and identification with our environment. Camouflage proves that appearances can indeed be essential.”
Xavier Costa, Dean, Elisava Design School, Barcelona
“Neil Leach gives new meaning to the term 'camouflage' in this brilliant treatise on aesthetic practice. This eloquent reframing of architecture’s means of identity production is an optimistic appeal for design as a potent agent in our interactions with the world, both physically and mentally. A persuasive rewriting of architectural discourse, Camouflage is performative theory at its best.”
Marc Angélil, Professor of Architecture, ETH Zurich