Knowlton School Publishes Source Books in Architecture 9: Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585

The Knowlton School announces the publication of the ninth title in its Source Books in Architecture Series, Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585. The Source Books Series is devoted to a recent project by an influential practitioner and is published in conjunction with the school's Distinguished Visiting Professorship programs. Eric Owen Moss was the 2011-12 Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School.

For nearly three decades, Eric Owen Moss Architects has been at work transforming the former industrial area of the Hayden Tract in Culver City, California into one of the most highly concentrated centers of architectural experimentation in the world. Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585 offers a unique look into the mind and method of one of the most important architects working today through a comprehensive presentation of three schemes designed for a single site in the Hayden Tract since 1991.

The book traces the intellectual odyssey of Moss’s forty year career with a comprehensive presentation of the twenty-five year process that led to his recently completed Cactus Tower and Waffle. A wealth of sketches, drawings, models, renderings, working drawings, and extensive photographic documentation provides valuable insight into the cultural and technical complexities at the heart of Moss’s provocative architecture.

Source Books in Architecture offer an alternative to the traditional architecture monograph. Each Source Book focuses on a single work by a particular architect or on a special topic in contemporary architecture. The work is documented with sketches, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs at a level of detail that allows complete and careful study of the project from its conception of design and construction. The graphic component is accompanied by commentary from the architect and critics that further explore both the technical and cultural content of the work in question.

Source Books in Architecture were conceived by Professors Jeffrey Kipnis and Robert Livesey as the product of the Herbert Baumer Seminars, a series of interactions between students and seminal practitioners at the Knowlton School. After a significant amount of research on distinguished architects, students lead a discussion that encourages those architects to reveal their architectural motivations and techniques. The students record and transcribe the meetings, which become the basis of these Source Books. The Series Editor of the Source Books in Architecture is architect, writer and Los Angeles-based curator Todd Gannon (BSARCH ’95, MARCH ’97).