This is the Resurrection - FAT has returned from the dead to guest edit AJ’s summer special issue
The death of civilisation, the death of the long lunch, the supposed death of the High Street, the death of Julie Cope, the death of architecture studio FAT, the death of all other architects, the voices of long-dead architects and the architecture of death all feature in this week’s (death-themed) issue of The Architects’ Journal.
FAT - Sean Griffiths, Charles Holland and Sam Jacob - disbanded their practice in December 2013, but have reformed for one week only to guest edit the summer special edition of AJ.
Today’s issue (21st August), entitled The Death and Life of the Architect reflects on their own architectural Hara-kiri and the provocative idea that the architect of the 21st century might have to mutate into something different in order to survive.
‘No doubt many of you will be delighted at our, albeit fleeting, resurrection, while to others, this will seem like an unwelcome haunting from beyond the grave,’ the trio write in their leader column.
Jacob added: ‘It’s often said that “architecture is too important to be left to architects”. Which may well be true. But the same goes for journalism and criticism: It’s too important to be left to writers.’
Inside, highlights include a cut out and construct model of FAT’s final project, their House for Essex created with Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, and an in-depth building study on the scheme featuring a tag team review by critics Owen Hatherley and Owen Pritchard.
Elsewhere, Paul Finch thinks (even more deeply than usual) about lunch, Will Wiles reflects on the architecture of the haunted house and Ian Martin realises with horror that he has forgotten to update the design for his own tomb since the late 90s.
FAT itself take inspiration from Adolf Loos by examining the architecture of tombs, memorials and burial mounds and give advice on how to achieve immortality by becoming a famous architect.
We hope you enjoy it - we think it is dead good.
FAT, which stands for Fashion Architecture Taste, began life in 1990. It is best known for its work in Holland, for Kessels Kramers in Amsterdam and The Hoogvliet Villa in Heerlijkheid park, the BBC Drama Production Village in Cardiff and Thornton Heath Library in London and the House for Essex in… Essex.