Monacopolis Architecture Urbanism and Urbanisation in Monaco, Realisations and Projects 1858 – 2012 NMNM, edited by Nathalie Rosticher Giordano with åbäke and Martino Gamper
When we met Nathalie Rosticher Giordano, we could hardly believe the herculean project she was in charge of: to reconstruct the architectural history of Monaco, a place without a heritage structure, meaning both a rapid architectural change and without an official place to keep records, documents of the transformations. For years she sourced thousands of document befriending widows of architects and secretive private collectors. The colossal exhibition Monacopolis, juxtaposing the unrealised projects (Paul Maymont, Archigram, Jean Nouvel, Yona Friedman etc.) with the destroyed is now gone and the documents are slowly returning to their archival state. Luckily, this book is now available for those who missed the show. With its 660 pages and nearly 5kg, it is a reference book which is above all else a collection of iconographic sources : 850 color illustrations, most of them never shown before, according to a geographic zoning based on districts. Again, in those pages, the destroyed are juxtaposed to the never built.
Oh, and there is a text by our friend Momus alongside twelve estimated architecture experts.
Published by NMNM
Editor: Nathalie Rosticher Giordano (NMNM) with åbäke and Martino Gamper
Design: Åbäke with Thomas Bush
Price: 70€. Postage & Package not included
Width: 25 cm
Height: 34.5 cm
ISBN: 978-2-9547139-0-8 (English version)