Editor: Original Copy
Author: David Erdman
Applied Research and Design Publishing, 2018

Designer and educator David Erdman’s Introducing is an effort to prove that criticality within architecture has not died alongside more traditional long-form writing but has the ability to be re-envisioned as short essays—free of dilution—each part of a singular interconnected conversation.

Originally produced to accompany a lecture series hosted by the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Architecture, Erdman’s introductions are reinterpreted as a collection of essays addressing the work of eighteen designers and thinkers. The book’s sections correspond with three themes, ultimately weaving together a narrative which addresses the speed and flow of cultural production; informality, the informational, and form; and how architects contextualize each project within their own practice and the discipline at large.

Featured practitioners include Hernan Diaz Alonso, Donald L. Bates, Andrew Bromberg, Yung Ho Chang, Neil Denari, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Paul Lewis, Takashi Murakami, Albert Pope, Wolf D. Prix, Ali Rahim, Hani Rashid, Jesse Reiser, Jonathan Solomon, Michael Speaks, Sarah Whiting, and Michael Young.