Mimi Hoang, co-founding partner of nARCHITECTS, argues for an architecture of incompleteness and ambiguity.
Book: “Buildings and Almost Buildings”
“Buildings and Almost Buildings” explores the work of nARCHITECTS as a single project — an anti-monograph with a subtle manifesto about the open-ended, incomplete and ambiguous in architecture. Is architecture inherently complete? Or is it a state of incompletion and seeming inadequacy that incites us to imagine architecture as an armature for an ever-changing daily life?
Structured around a variety of modes of representation specially prepared for the book, “Buildings and Almost Buildings — nARCHITECTS” reveals the ways in which the celebrated firm’s New York office, led by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, addresses contemporary issues of a world in flux. Across a range of buildings, public spaces, and ephemeral installations, nARCHITECTS argues for the formal and social potential of an architecture that remains somehow incomplete and ambiguously perceived.
The firm’s awards and honors include a 2017 national AIA Institute Honor Award in Architecture, the 2017 NYS AIA Firm of the Year, a 2016 Academy of Arts and Letters Award in architecture, the AIANY Andrew J Thomas Award for Pioneers in Housing, the 2006 Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and the Canadian Professional Rome Prize in 2005. The firm has been ranked within the top 10 in the US in the design category for the past five years by Architect Magazine.
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