The first ever book from celebrated architect Nigel Coates, this is a guide to his personal vision of a metropolis. He's called it Ecstacity. Ecstacity combines elements of Tokyo, Cairo, London, New York, Rome, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro to create a place of cultural clashes and hybrids. But it also includes inventions and fantasies. So the real and the imaginary sit side by side in a kaleidoscope of colour, drawings, maps, photographs and words. It has been a collaborative project with some of the biggest names around, including industry stars such as Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Gaetano Pesce and Ron Arad. There are also introductory texts and commentaries by writers such as Marcus Field and Brian Hatton along with an essay from the eminent historian Theodore Zeldin. Cult London graphic designers, Why Not Associates, have used of special materials and print processes to make the book an extraordinary object in its own right.
Table of Contents
Read me; Ecstacity wasn't built in a day; Globus emergent; tuning in; locking on; undressing; letting go; cranking up; flipping out.
Nigel Coates is one of the UK's most influential designers and architects. With Doug Branson, he founded Branson Coates Architecture in 1985 and in 1995 he was appointed Professor of Architectural Design at the Royal College of Art. One of his chairs, and several of his drawings are in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.