Projects and Their Consequences presents fifteen key projects from leading architectural thinkers Reiser + Umemoto. Projects and Their Consequences traces thirty years of innovative, multidisciplinary investigations of form, structure, technique, and planning. Projects include large-scale studies of infrastructure for the East River Corridor and Hudson Yards areas in Manhattan and the Alishan Railway in Taiwan, as well as schemes for cultural institutions including the New Museum, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and University of Applied Arts Vienna. Also included are thought-provoking textual projects : narrative works that blur the boundaries of art and architecture. Projects and Their Consequences balances incisive interviews and essays with more than 400 strikingly original drawings, collages, and paintings. Large-format and beautifully designed, it is a necessary volume for architects and those interested in the intersection of architecture, art, and culture.
The book, by Umemoto and Reiser, a protege of John Hejduk and Aldo Rossi, contains over three decades' worth of projects (many unbuilt, such as the 1998 East River Waterfront Plan), chronicled in assiduously footnoted text. Interspersed are interviews, film stills, and essays, as well as the duo's compelling black-and-white collages and sculptural models, which color and inform the descriptions. Designed to be stumbled upon rather than read through, the volume beautifully illustrates the firm's approach to architecture as a cultural form rather than as a product of laws, codes, performance criteria, and regimes of compliance. - Architectural Record Projects and Their Consequences is certainly of interest not only to those who are keen to know more about what motivates this firm, and the thinking behind their projects. It's also an intriguing demonstration of the multi-dimensional nature of architecture itself (as well as running a practice), from the problem-solving to the highly artistic. - Architect's Datafile (UK) Architects who came of age in the mid-aughts have surely thumbed through, if not scrupulously underlined and dog-eared, the pages of Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto's 2006 Atlas of Novel Tectonics. The architects' follow-up work, Projects and Their Consequences, is a different animal. Spanning 30 years of practice, the book is far less portable and more ambitious than its predecessor, yet it has all the same magic. - Metropolis Online What stands out from the many projects is not one or the other project, but the fact RUR was a consistent presence in high-profile competitions in the late 1990s and early 2000s....[T]he designs were influential through their publication in Assemblage, AD, and elsewhere. That their descriptions in Projects and Their Consequences are in the present rather than past tense makes them new again. - A Daily Dose of Architecture Books