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The triumphant return of a book that gave us permission to throw out the rulebook- in activities ranging from play to architecture to revolution.When this book first appeared in 1972- it was part of the spirit that would define a new architecture and design era--a new way of thinking ready to move beyond the purist doctrines and formal models of modernism. Charles Jencks and Nathan Silvers book was a manifesto for a generation that took pleasure in doing things ad hoc- using materials at hand to solve real-world problems. The implications were subversive. Turned-off citizens of the 1970s immediately adopted the book as a DIY guide. The word adhocism entered the vocabulary- the concept of adhocism became part of the designers toolkit- and Adhocism became a cult classic. Now Adhocism is available again- with new texts by Jencks and Silver reflecting on the past forty years of adhocism and new illustrations demonstrating adhocisms continuing relevance.Adhocism has always been around. (Think Robinson Crusoe- making a raft and then a shelter from the wreck of his ship.) As a design principle- adhocism starts with everyday improvisations: a bottle as a candleholder- a dictionary as a doorstop- a tractor seat on wheels as a dining room chair. But it is also an undeveloped force within the way we approach almost every activity- from play to architecture to city planning to political revolution.Engagingly written- filled with pictures and examples from areas as diverse as auto mechanics and biology- Adhocism urges us to pay less attention to the rulebook and more to the rea... Please click here to ask a question
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