A fundraising campaign to reprint “Instrumental Form,” the first monograph of J,P:A and SCI-Arc design faculty Wes Jones, has been launched by the Los Angeles architecture firm on kickstarter.com with the goal to print a second edition of the sought-after out-of-print book. Originally published in 1999 by Princeton Architectural Press, “Instrumental Form” is the first publication of “Words, Buildings: Machines” produced by Wes Jones and the office of J,P:A.
Instrumental Form: Words, Buildings, Machines│Jones, Partners: Architecture, 1997
The publication, whose bold graphic design won an AIGA award, documents the work of the office and its unique ongoing engagement with technology, from the office’s inception in 1993 until 1997.
The ideas and works presented in this volume have been influential not only to J,P:A’s continuing practice, but to a wider cultural discourse within architecture. Including both essays and projects, as well as built work, this book traces the evolution of a uniquely consistent approach to technology and its relation to architecture.