Something Fantastic. A Manifesto by Three Young Architects on Worlds, People, Cities, And Houses.
By Julian Schubert, Elena Schütz, Leonard Streich
Berlin: Ruby Press, 2009.
English, 218 pages, 18 x 29,7 cm, paperback
Something Fantastic is about architecture. It is about the future. It is about the environment, energy and politics. It is about beautiful things. It is about being naïve enough to ask the right questions. It isn’t about being hip or calculated, or about posturing. Three young architects, Elena Schuetz, Julian Schubert, and Leonard Streich, lay out a manifesto for increased consciousness in thought and action. Plans and proposals for architecture ranging from the built to the utopian engage this spatial inquiry into the possibilities in the real world.
Something Fantastic is about interconnection and dialog. In Interviews Werner Sobek, Gerhard Matzig, Markus Miessen, and many more contribute their thoughts as they speak about subjects as diverse as the future of architecture, evolution, poetry and communication. Thinkers as diverse as Thomas Hobbes, Alain de Botton, Walter Benjamin and Mies van der Rohe are excerpted, letting the reader choose from a smorgasbord of word and thought. These quotations are then annotated to reference, connect, and illuminate the themes and issues discussed throughout the book.
Ultimately, Something Fantastic is about hope for the future, inspiration, and the courage to call for the new, and in so doing the book is a treasure trove for architecture students, professionals and anyone passionate about the making of our physical world.