The Cannibal's Cookbook: Mining Myths of Cyclopean Constructions

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The Cannibal's Cookbook: Mining Myths of Cyclopean Constructions

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The Cannibal’s Cookbook violently consumes the body of past cyclopean constructions. The cookbook assembles, re-packages, and offers this latent knowledge for your contemporary consumption. It is a manual for the hungry, for those who are not satiated by the careless building practices of the present. With one foot in the past and another in the present, the cookbook bridges the realities of our ancestors and ourselves. We propose a series of architectural ‘recipes’ after dining on this body of past expertise. The recipes are deciphered from ancient cyclopean masonry systems, but with a contemporary twist. They cannibalize leftover debris—building rubble that typically stuffs our landfills—to fabricate new systems. This book is a limited (250 copies), first edition print, intended to spark debate and exploratory building. The work is a tripartite manual of 192 pages. The book is designed by Johanna Lobdell and it features artwork by Joshua Longo. Each copy is numbered, and endorsed by author, artist, and mythical creature. We intend for this manual of timeless information to be discussed, contested, and disseminated. It is an interactive body of work that demands an engaged reader. It is not for the sedentary. This cookbook is for the voracious builder.

“The book is a true bombshell, fearlessly exploding the world of architecture; by getting rid of contemporary times, defined as a self-destructive, mad delirium, Clifford takes us back to what Bruno Zevi called, ‘the Zero Mark,’ a primigenial architecture – eternal and mythical in its construction processes – that, in this case, is projected into the future.” — Riccardo Buratti, Domus

"Clifford’s algorithms provide something akin to recipes, with prescriptive techniques and methods that show builders how to turn a pile of rubble into a wall." — Katharine Schwab, FastCo

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Published Date: September, 2017

Dimensions: 5 x 7 | 192 pgs | Two Color | Smyth Sewen

Edition: Limited First Edition 250 copies, Author and Artist signatures.

ISBN: 978-0-9991673-0-4

Author: Brandon Clifford

Artwork: Joshua Longo

Co Authors: Daniel Marshall, James Addison, Mackenzie Muhonen

Book Design: Johanna Lobdell

Awards: PRINT Regional Design Award Winner, 2018