El Croquis issue 78/1996 is a much sought-after early monograph of architect Steven Holl and it covers his architectural production between 1986–1996. The issue introduces Steven Holl with a short biography and an interview conducted by Alejandro Zaera Polo. Kenneth Frampton’s retrospective analysis of Steven Holl’s architectural thinking adds the value of this splendid and comprehensive publication.
The presented works and projects include Holl’s early house designs such as Casa Berkoqitz-Odgis, the Cleveland House and Stretto House, the Fukuoka housing project, Palazzo del Cinema in Venice, Italy, Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Chapel of St Ignatius, Storefront Gallery and much more. The illustration consists of Holl’s famous water colour studies, architectural drawings, and – as typical in the esteemed El Croquis journal – high-quality architectural photographs.
I think that one of the most interesting things about trying to make architecture today is not what you choose to do but what you choose not to do. It is very difficult to make creative work as an architect if you want to build it. It is easier to draw and make a number of hopeful projects. I still don’t believe that the life of a project only being hewn it is built. I am convinced that you can make something powerful as a project, with such hopeful power that it is already alive at the very beginning, and it doesn’t have to be physically built.
— Steven Holl in conversation with Alejandro Zaera Polo, El Croquis 78/1996, p. 23.
The copy in stock is in very good condition. There is some yellowing on the edges of the pages and some minor shelf wear on the covers.