Reyner Banham
Megastructure

A seminal work on large-scale structures, by one of the greatest critics of the 20th century, reissued to inspire and to caution the next generation of architects

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Overview

Arising in the late 1950s, megastructure is the concept of a giant, adaptable, multipurpose building containing most of the functions of a city. Occupying the uneasy space between architecture and town planning, megastructures offered architects the opportunities to create supermonuments and citizens their own small-scale environments. But by the 1970s, the projects and idealism of such structures had largely been abandoned.

Reyner Banham, one of the great cultural commentators and perhaps most widely ranging design critic of the 20th century, charts the rise and fall of the megastructure in the inimitable, entertaining and highly personal style that made his writing so memorable. First published in 1976, this new edition presents the original volume revitalized for a new generation of young architects, city builders and technologists facing the emergence of megacities and their associated structures across the planet.

Author
Reyner Banham

Editor
Mary Banham

Genre
Architecture

Rewards

Book Early bird

Includes:

  • £5 off
  • Your name in the book
  • Edition exclusive to Volume

Collector’s edition

Includes:

  • Printed, clothbound slipcase
  • Numbered, limited edition
  • Your name in the book

Collector’s edition + print

Includes:

  • Printed, clothbound slipcase
  • Numbered, limited edtion
  • Your name in the book
  • Paul Rudolph print

5 book pack

Includes:

  • Your name in the book
  • Discounted bundle price
  • Edition exclusive to Volume

Estimated delivery: May 2018

Funding deadline: Thursday, January 25 2018 6:00 pm UTC +00:00

All pledges will be refunded in full if the funding goal is not met within the allotted time

Work of a genius, reanimated

From precursors ranging from Florence’s Ponte Vecchio to aircraft carriers, from Futurist cities to satellites, Banham charts the emergence of megastructures through ocean oil-rigs, the Japanese Metabolists, Moshe Safdie’s Habitat in Montreal, Brasília’s masterplan, a dizzying array of urban infrastructures from Europe to the U.S., through the visions of Archigram, Yona Friedman and Cedric Price, finishing with Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti project in the Arizona desert and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It is a breathtaking journey every architect, designer and lover of cities should take.

For this limited reissue, the book will be covered in black cloth, with the same image that appeared on the original jacket, Paul Rudolph’s 1970 Lower Manhattan Expressway project.

  • 254 x 210 mm
  • 232 pages
  • Clothbound case
  • Tipped-in image panel
  • Foil-blocked typography

Pledge£35.00

Reyner Banham was the most gifted design critic the English language has produced, and that was just something he did on the side, when he wasn’t being the architectural historian who helped define early modernism, brutalism and high tech.

Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, Design Museum

Photograph © Tim Street-Porter

[Banham] is that rare new bird, a journalist, a historian, a writer, a man of breadth, all rolled up into one. He was really one of the founders of architecture criticism, which has now become a worldwide profession.

Philip Johnson

Collector’s edition

This reissue of the original edition is also available in a specially designed, cloth-covered slipcase desirable as a design object in its own right. The Volume edition features the same Paul Rudoph image that appeared on the 1976 edition, but is protected in a cloth-bound slipcase, conceived with an entirely new, exclusive design that captures the vitality and wisdom of Banham’s vision.

Conveying both the manifestolike character of Banham’s words and the imagery of the visionary architecture they consider, the slipcase edition will only be available in a limited quantity.

  • Cloth-bound slipcase
  • Specially commissioned design
  • Edition exclusive to Volume
  • Limited to 1000 copies

Pledge£65.00

Photograph © Adrian Forty

Print

In addition to the two editions of the book, Volume has unearthed a rarely seen colour version of Paul Rudolph’s iconic image. Available in a limited quantity, bundled with the collector’s edition, this is an exciting opportunity to own a small piece of a very large vision, a present reminder of past visions of the future.

  • 500 x 500 mm
  • Heavyweight uncoated stock
  • Hand numbered
  • Edition of 500

Pledge£100.00

Meet the author

Reyner Banham was born in Norwich, England. He was trained in engineering, and worked in that capacity during the Second World War. He began his studies of art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, in 1949. From the early 1950s, he wrote for architecture publications and was associated with the Independent Group. In addition to his numerous articles, his most notable books include Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (1960), The New Brutalism: Ethic or Aesthetic? (1966), and Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies (1971). He taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London; the State University of New York, Buffalo; and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He died in London in 1988.