Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective

Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective, written and edited by Samantha Hardingham, is a two-volume anthology bringing together for the first time all of the projects, articles and talks by British architect Cedric Price. Co- published by the Architectural Association (AA) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), the publication will be launched on 14th October 2016, celebrating Price’s illustrious career as an influential thinker, philosopher, teacher and architect.

A student at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the 1950s, Price established his office in London (1960), going on to produce some of most intensely imaginative and experimental architectural projects of the latter half of the 20th Century, including one of his very few built projects, the Aviary at London Zoo (1960- 65) with The Earl of Snowdon and Frank Newby.

It is however his unbuilt projects that cemented Price as a significant and influential figure in design, including ‘The Fun Palace’ (1960), his renowned project for a flexible and sociable space that was an inspiration for architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano’s Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Comprising of two volumes, Volume 1: Projects covers 112 works of Cedric Price Architects in chronological arrangement, drawing on all original material, spanning Price’s celebrated career. A hardbound volume containing over 900 drawings, photographs and images, many of which are previously unpublished.

Volume 2: Articles & Talks, looks into another dimension of Price’s practice, specifically his activities as a public speaker and writer. A mixture of illustrated lecture transcripts and facsimile pieces, this soft-bound, magazine-like compendium, completes the publication, together with a slipcase that houses both volumes.

To mark this milestone, in celebration of Cedric Price’s legacy, the AA is organising two events – the first, a reconvening of many of Price’s former employees and colleagues chaired by Samantha Hardingham at the AA on 14th October 2016. Alongside the launch, an exhibition by AA graduate Jan Nauta on his Cedric Price Memory Bank project will be held at the AA from 14 October – 31 October 2016, with the second event taking place at the MoMA Library on 28th November 2016.

A dedicated website for the book has been launched providing key information about the book and its associated launch events alongside excerpts from its contents and information on how to pre-order a copy: http://cedricpriceworks.com/

The book Cedric Price Works 1952 – 2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective is available to pre-order now, RRP £150.00, and is supported by the Graham Foundation and the Cedric Price Estate. It will be on sale at the Architectural Association’s bookshop and selected UK stockists, and will later be available at the MoMA shop.

The exhibition currently on show in the AA Front Members Room is Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective by Samantha Hardingham and Memory Bank by Jan Nauta and Victor Vroegindeweij. This brings together images and drawings from the book with a series of video interviews and testimonies from those that were close to him including Bernard Tschumi, John Frazer, Carlos Villanueva Brandt, Samantha Hardingham and many more.

“Drawings, texts, models, recordings, books and reference material are all presented here as tantalising fragments of Cedric Price’s very big life picture. It is the aim of these two volumes to momentarily align these fragments, so that contemporary audiences have a springboard from which to dive into Price’s world.” – Samantha Hardingham, Author of Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective

“The most monumental of anti-architectural monographs…appropriate for someone who once labelled himself ‘anti-architect number 1’” – Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association.

Title: Cedric Price Works 1953 – 2003. A Forward-Minded Retrospective
Written and edited by Samantha Hardingham, October 2016
Two volumes and slipcase
Volume One: Projects
31 x 24cm, 912 pp, hardcover, full colour, extensive illustrations
Volume Two: Articles & Talks
31 x 24 cm, 512 pp, softcover, full colour, extensive illustrations
RRP £150

Cedric Price Works 1953 – 2003. A Forward-Minded Retrospective is produced by the Architectural Association, London, and co-published with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Supported by the Cedric Price Estate and the Graham Foundation