In Elastic Architecture, Stephen J. Phillips persuasively unites Kiesler’s diverse designs under one coherent philosophy: elasticity. This philosophy embraces ‘flexible environmental systems that… modulate in response to everyday actions, human desires, and bodily needs’… Elasticity recuperates Kiesler for contemporary design by recontextualizing his work as a lifelong exploration of the sensory qualities of space.—Sophie Duvernoy, Los Angeles Review of Books—
Kiesler was a visionary, a surrealist working at liminal extremities, and Phillips’s wonderfully detailed and knowledgable book gives us a full picture of how he worked out his ideas. This is a great book on a fascinating guy.
Phillips has convincingly demonstrated the intellectual coherence of an exceptional character who, through his remarkable work, laid the conceptual foundations for contemporary design.
…demonstrates the ways in which Kiesler’s work… established new contextual horizons for what architecture and design could be under industrial and postindustrial capitalism.
—Journal of Architectural Education