The Empty Room
Fragmented Thoughts on Space
Edited by Reza Aliabadi/RZLBD


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Part aphorism and part manifesto, this book by Canadian architect Reza Aliabadi (RZLBD) references his ideas and thoughts about space. He suggests ‘the empty room’ as the very essence of architecture, and ‘the spatial experience’ as its highest mandate. Reza revisits architecture –not as the walls that enclose the space– but rather the space in-between the walls. What he calls an “anti-architecture” of invisible voids.

Architecture, Theory / History / Criticism
Today architecture has converted into an industry, part of the commercial establishment. Accordingly it has given up its capacity to offer contributions and has been reduced to being a service. It has become all about a form-making exercise and dressing it up with a fashionable skin. Now, it is necessary or rather urgent to pause, go inward, search for the essentials, and hope to rediscover a principle which is at once basic and timeless. AS Kahn always said: “Architecture comes from the making of a room”. This book starts with this, the very desire to dwell in a space in its most basic form — a room. Through short passages and aphorisms, this text revisits space as the only protagonist, the very foundation, and the sole essence of architecture. It affects your perception of space, it makes you to look at architecture differently — most likely to see the invisible.

Atelier RZLBD is a boutique art & architecture practice based in Toronto founded by architect Reza Aliabadi whose work extends to making arts, crafting objects, designing buildings, curating installations, and publishing a zine.

112 pages
Paperback, 11x18 cm
Actar, 1st edition 2020
ISBN 9781948765404