PAX Monographs is a 10 issue series which reconceptualizes the architecture monograph from a retrospective exercise into a projective assertion, and in doing so proposes a productive reading of history. By pairing past architects with contemporary cities, the publication translates seminal work in unintended contexts to question the critical relationship between architecture and its cultural setting, offering potential answers in the form of new projects. By examining one through the guise of the other, we claim that a richer reading of both is uncovered.
The publication will revisit seemingly definitive bodies of knowledge to challenge their immutability within the discipline, creating both an archive of existing reference projects, and a collection of new work that can serve as a platform for future work.
PAX Monographs places history not as a distant reference, but a generative tool, and in doing so invites curiosity about buildings, cities, and ideas.
Issue 01 : Andrea Palladio in Los Angeles
"Andrea Palladio in Los Angeles" is a monograph of twenty-one new Palladian projects set in present-day Los Angeles. Accompanied by critical essays and meticulously redrawn projects from Palladio's seminal text, "I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura," the publication examines Los Angeles' complex urban and cultural context through the guise of Palladian proportion, typology, and ideology.
Andrea Palladio is known equally for his built work as he is for his written work, the influence of which is clearly felt on the course of architecture in America. Despite the fact that he was born less than two decades after the discovery of America and would, quite clearly, never build in Los Angeles, this publication offers suggestions of what might have been had Palladio made it to the Pacific.
The inaugural issue of PAX, "Andrea Palladio in Los Angeles," will deal with these two historically distant but thematically intimate topics in search of a richer and more productive reading of both.
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PAX Monographs was established in 2017 by Raffy Mardirossian, Paul Matevosyan, Ali Karimi, and Daniela Leon.