Caruso St John
Almost Everything
Edited by Philip Ursprung

Essays and text by Jonathan Glancey, William Mann, John Brocklehurst, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri


Caruso St John’s projects always try to attend to the people who will use them and this book is intended to be a tool to see the built environment more clearly. It looks carefully at the details of everyday life; it deals with the fragility of built spaces and their transformation under the pressure of economic change; and it raises questions about our place in history.

Last copies / Rare Books
Caruso St John are convinced that today’s architects should be able to choose from the endless array of cultural possibilities. So is this book. Its aim is not merely to document the buildings and projects that Caruso St John have undertaken in Britain and Continental Europe since the early 1990s. Rather, philosophy, Caruso St. John are sceptical that abstraction and simplification are sufficient to make an architecture. This book is based on the idea that one single theory, one narrative alone cannot grasp the complexity of contemporary architecture .Therefore, four concepts are proposed: building in an empire, poetic realism, anachronism and entropy, and images, which invite the reader to approach his work from different directions. Halfway between an atlas and a travel guide, this book offers the possibility to roam freely through the imaginary world of architects.

Philip Ursprung is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. From 2017 to July 2019 he was Dean of the Department of Architecture and is currently the Department’s Director of Research.


Last english copies

392 pages, 230 illustrations
Hardback with jacket, 17x23 cm
Spanish, English
Polígrafa, 1st edition 2008
ISBN 9788434311701 (Eng), 978834311695 (Cast)