“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.”
“The duo establishes an engaging and refreshingly off-the-cuff repartee while discussing wide-ranging projects such their passive Arizona House.”
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