The Bartlett School of Architecture



Falling: Kreider + O’Leary

16 January 2015

Falling by Kreider + O’Leary begins in zero gravity on the surface of the moon and ends in a world under the world. In between, the trajectory between these spaces is mapped through a series of figures tumbling through space and time.  As we cascade downward, we hear something about philosophy, laughter, architecture and war. With writing and drawing coursing through its pages, Falling gathers momentum and, through this, a picture emerges: it looks something like today.

‘Falling’ is a work of natural philosophy, about wirewalkers and moonwalkers, elevators, angels, slapstick, skyscrapers, swerves, and the dynamic figure that links them. Here Kreider + O’Leary describe “the beautiful mess we’re in” with a speculative precision which greets the collaborative anti-tradition of Gins + Arakawa, Koolhaas and Mau, or Bernard Cache. Their description of falling, in its uncoupling of the tyranny of cause and effect, displaces the now-prevalent despondency of end-thinking with a prolific joyousness.

- Lisa Robertson, Author of "Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture"

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