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WORKac

We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge
Written by Amale Andraos, Dan Wood
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This book surveys the projects that define WORKac (WORK Architecture Company) as one of the most progressive and playful architecture firms in practice today.
 
WORKac: We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge traces fifteen years of collaboration between architects Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Structured as a conversation between the two partners, the book alternates between explorations of seminal projects and discussions framing a series of issues that are key to their work. The book follows the firm’s career over the course of three Five-Year Plans (Say Yes to Everything, Make No Medium-Sized Plans, Stuff the Envelope), examining the relationships between work and life, and the limits and opportunities of collaborative creativity and practice.
 
WORKac has achieved international acclaim, winning design competitions in Russia, Gabon, and China, and in 2015 the practice was named the 2015 AIANY State Firm of the Year. Showcasing projects for MoMA PS1, Edible Schoolyards NYC, Anthropologie, Diane von Furstenberg, Creative Time, and many more, the book is a tasting menu of everything the practice embraces: never assuming what architecture “is” but always imagining together what it can become. From residential interiors to futuristic masterplans of ecological cities, WORKac samples the wide spectrum of their critical, witty, and dialogued work.
"Structures and concepts that are delightfully fresh and sometimes irreverent are hallmarks of this New York firm... WORKac's trademark playfulness extends to the design of the book itself, a bravado act of juggling a variety of typefaces, paper stocks, and even page sizes."
Interior Design

"The duo establishes an engaging and refreshingly off-the-cuff repartee while discussing wide-ranging projects such their passive Arizona House."
—Metropolis Online

Irreverent yet impeccably relevant, WORKac has developed an approach to architecture that engages the most pressing issues of our time, from food supply to environmental design. For Amale Andraos and Dan Wood there is no contradiction between urgency and pleasure. Their designs consistently straddle disciplines and fields as they offer spaces and images opening new possibilities for public architecture at every scale, whether the local library or new types of cities.   
—Barry Bergdoll, Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University
 
This exceptional book unfolds like the process of innovation itself. Rightfully deemed a “duograph” by the collaborative team of Dan Wood and Amale Andraos, the narrative flows like a family dialogue—sliding, pausing, reversing and ultimately flowing into an amazing series of architectural ideas. Turning its pages is an instructive revelation and a celebratory confirmation of what it takes to deserve being called “truly creative.”
—James Wines, SITE
 
Joyful and non-dogmatic, the architecture of WORKac has an optimism that hasn’t been seen much since the rise of Postmodernism. But its aspirations are wholly contemporary: to blend the unruliness of the global metropolis and the serenity of an ecological paradise, without diluting the qualities of either.
—Nicolai Ourossoff, architecture critic
 
WORKac’s brave duograph interweaves personal narratives, conversations, and anecdotes about growing a global office and negotiating each other’s creative input, all while teaching, leading, and writing. This duo’s north star in architecture, as in life, is enduring with hope as well as with humor.
—Ana Miljacki, Associate Professor of Architecture, MIT
 
As with their projects, all aspects of this book reflect a collaborative partnership and a synergy of creative minds. Going forward in these times requires vision and ambition and a lot of hard work in the service of humanity. WORKac—where work is more fun than fun!
—Chip Lord, Ant Farm


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