Environmental Communications

Contact High

Mark Wasiuta and Marcos Sánchez

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

Environmental Communications

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Pub Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9781941332122

300 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00£38.00

Environmental Communications

Contact High

Mark Wasiuta and Marcos Sánchez

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

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Formed by a group of young architects, photographers, and psychologists in the Venice Beach of the late 1960s, Environmental Communications honed an image practice that constituted a new visual syntax for the late twentieth century city. The group speculated that their "environmental photography" would alter architecture and transform the consciousness of architecture students by way of the ubiquitous architecture slide library. Through their media experiments, events, and slide catalogs, they positioned themselves as interpreters and purveyors of new trends, assembling a lively body of populist and radical design imagery that undermined the canons defined by the prevailing institutions of architectural design. In reproducing the group's photography, booklets, and ephemera, Environmental Communications: Contact High records and critically reflects upon the work of this West Coast media collective.

About the Author

Marcos Sánchez is an architect and writer on faculty at the University of Southern California. He holds degrees from Princeton and the University of California. His forthcoming book, MilSpace, with Markus Miessen, examines military infrastructures of the American Southwest.

Mark Wasiuta teaches at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he is co-director of the CCCP in Architecture program and director of exhibitions at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery.