Pamphlet Architecture War and Architecture [Lebbeus Woods] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Pamphlet Architecture was begun in. War and Architecture has ratings and 3 reviews. Abraham said: Beautiful, passionate, and poetic. This book treads the so very thin line between the p. War and Architecture is a timely and moving response by architect Lebbeus Woods to the bombing of Sarajevo. With text in both English and.

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Architecture and war are not incompatible. I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed wwar frightened forms. I cannot know your name. Nor you can know mine. Tomorrow, we begin together the construction of a city. This manifesto was read aloud on the steps of the burned-out Olympic Museum in Sarajevo on November 26,in full view of Serbian snipers and artillery gunners.

Happily, no fire rained down on the assembled audience, of which I among many others was included. Over the two decades since this manifesto was written, I have had much time to consider woodds words I wrote and what I meant by them. At that time, I was responding to an urgent situation in Sarajevo, Bosnia—a city under a sustained terrorist attack that, in the West, was considered a siege, as though it were part of a normal war, which it was not. Snipers had turned streets into lethal shooting galleries and artillery gunners had turned ordinary buildings where people worked and lived into incendiary death traps.

It was clear that architecture was part of the problem—the killing of thousands of innocent men, woman, and children—and I felt strongly that as long as the attacks continued it turned out to be for more than three years architecture also had to be part of the solution.


Without the help of architects, people had built temporary walls as shields against snipers and thrown up all sorts of improvised repairs arrchitecture their homes and workplaces. I reasoned that these makeshift structures, though more or less effective for their purposes, created a degraded environment, which was exactly the goal of the terrorists. To survive, and to frustrate the enemies of their refined culture, people need a sense of order in their world, one that is consciously created, or designed.

Sarajevans nobly showed this need by the way they dressed, in spite of the lack of water, heat, or lighting, somehow always in clean, pressed clothing, the women elegantly coifed and made up, incongruously strolling in the parts of the city center that were screened from snipers if not from mortars and cannons in arvhitecture hills above, like players from an Alain Resnais film.

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These were extremely modest designs, made from scavenged metal, wood, and even cardboard. One principle I adopted in the beginning was that such found materials would be reshaped, piece by piece.

The goal was also to establish some basic rules of reconstruction, keeping in mind the enormous task of rebuilding the damaged city that would begin when the terrorists were defeated and people could turn their energy to building the new city I had forecast in my manifesto, and a new way of civic life.

It does feel like a fortress as if the one living inside these spaces where in constant fear of looking to the outside which it makes sense since they are in Sarajevo. But there is also another more interesting underlying thought that it is truly shaped and represented in the architecture, the relationship of war and architecture.

I have never been in a war so I can only relate wad that through movies and books and in all of those examplesincluding your own, the reference to the horizon line becomes blurry in the chaos of the scenes.


Planes and lines become broken and twisted having no recognizable form or beginning and the light reveals these edges with no architecutre reference to compare it.


These volumes and spaces make total sense for these conditions. There is a need for their existence. Gio Thank you for your comments.

They helped to recall my memories of a time when even a young student and his professor could have a positive impact on a terrible time in a beautiful place.

I would say architecfure. At the time Sarajevo was under constant shelling which left many buildings without glass and thus heat. N relief provisions were being dropped that were contained in cardboard boxes. Perhaps form does follow function after all.

Yes, I have the feeling that every building project need also destruction project un,fortunately I have been trained also how to destroy buildings If these projects are only Camouflage, they have future temporal life, if not, they need more clear explanation for existence.

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Some twenty years go, I wrote: Woods are those concepts all window treatments viewed from the inside? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.