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MIT Journal Reviews Mathews’ Book

Associate Professor of Architecture Stan Mathews’ 2007 book “From Agit-Prop to Free Space: The Architecture of Cedric Price” recently received a positive review in “Leonardo,” MIT’s prestigious and highly-respected journal of art science and culture.

According to the publisher, Black Dog Publishing Ltd., Cedric Price “was one of the most visionary architects of the late 20th century, taking a playful, interactive approach to his projects that was wholly lateral and completely unconventional.” Mathews’ book is a comprehensive overview and assessment of Price’s complete body of work and, as such, “is an invaluable and entirely original guide to what was a truly epic period in the story of modern architecture.”

MIT’s “Leonardo” serves the international arts community by promoting and documenting work at the intersection of the arts, sciences and technology, and by encouraging and stimulating collaboration between artists, scientists and technologists. The publication serves as the organization that nurtures and fosters this alliance between the arts and sciences, proactively bringing these social networks together leading to greater creativity and social change in both areas.

Reviewer Boris Jardine from the department of history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge noted: “Cedric Price may always bear the title of ‘visionary’ architect: one whose schemes were grand but unattainable; a futurist whose ideas were ahead of our time as well as his own. Rarely will a retrospective seem so justified in concentrating on works that never came to be.”

Mathews joined the HWS faculty in 2000. He received his B.A. from Beloit College, his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He also attended the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.