Atelier One monograph review (Constructs)
Historians and critics are irresistibly inclined to categorize. Engineers do this. Architects do that. And artists do that. It makes for a much sexier story if there is some kind of dialectical tension needing resolution. But the operation of generating a distinction in order to break it down--a sort of architecture/engineering/construction straw man--has created a misguided and unseemly perception of an arms race among the disciplines that has warranted a demilitarized zone to separate the critical discourse of architecture and engineering. Liquid Threshold, the new monograph documenting the English structural-engineering firm Atelier One, intends to occupy that demilitarized zone and reclaim it as the most productive and creative terrain in the building industry.