AUDC and ACTAR invite you to a private event celebrating a new book:
Blue Monday: Stories of Absurd Realities and Natural Philosophies
By Robert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis
Discussion and book signing at
Columbia University GSAPP
180 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
Thursday, 15 November 2007
AUDC’s first book is an architectural map of Empire. Intense research into three moments in modern culture offers a new understanding of our relationship to architecture, cities, and objects. The first, Ether, explores Los Angeles telecom hotel One Wilshire, a 39 story building of utter banality and complete mystery. The second, the Stimulus Progression, looks at the strange story of the Muzak Corporation and the invention of a culture of horizontality. The third, Swarm Intelligence, visits Quartzsite, Arizona, a desert town of some 3,000 people that annually swells to over a million residents as a horde of modern nomads descends upon it in their Recreational Vehicles. Charting out new forms of research and analysis, AUDC [Robert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis] explores the reality around us through philosophy, history, photography, architectural drawings and models, and new media.
"An adventure of the mind and spirit." — Dwell Magazine
"A provocative contemporary approach for inspired and imaginative metropolitan research" — Arq Magazine
"Simultaneously audacious and modest: [Blue Monday] reaches impossibly far, covering all scales, things without scale." — Archinect
"Unique research that architects should pay attention to now and in the future." — Archidose
"A guide to the Operating System of the System itself." Reinhold Martin
For inquiries, please contact
Actar Publishers Inc.
158 Lafayette St. 5th Floor
tel +1 212 966 2207
fax +1 212 966 2214
This event is co-sponsored by ACTAR, AUDC, and the Network Architecture Lab of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.