The Bartlett School of Architecture


New book: Falling by Kreider + O'Leary

11 February 2015


Copy Press have published Falling, a jointly-authored book written by Bartlett School of Architecture Lecturer James O’Leary and alum Dr Kristen Kreider.

This book begins in zero gravity and ends with everything flowers. In between, figures are falling as 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.

Of the book, renowned Canadian poet Lisa Robertson says:

'Falling is a work of natural philosophy, about wire-walkers 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. 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.'

Kreider + O’Leary are a poet and architect who collaborate to make performance, installation and time-based media work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest. Since 2003, they have worked collaboratively to construct work in prisons, churches, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens and desert environments. Their work 'Light Vessel Automatic' was exhibited at Performing Architecture at Tate Britain in 2013. They exhibited 'Edge City' at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale from in 2013 and at The Whitechapel Gallery in August 2014. Kristen is currently Director of the Practice-based PhD programme at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her book Poetics & Place was recently published by I.B. Taurus.  James is currently a Lecturer in Innovative Technology and Design Realisation at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he leads the MArch Architecture Design Realisation module.

More information:
'Falling' on Amazon