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On Intricacy: The Work of John Meunier Architect (Canalside Press 2020)
Further to initial research undertaken by Patrick Lynch and published in issue 2 of the JoCA in 2018, conversation with the English architect continued, resulting in this book, On Intricacy: The Work of John Meunier Architect, published by The Canalside Press in London, 2020, which is available to purchase on this website.
"THE LONG GAME
On Intricacy is perhaps unusual in that it’s not a monograph,
nor is it a hagiography. John Meunier is still alive. On Intricacy
celebrates and proselytises the ideas that Meunier has articulated
throughout his career. On Intricacy is not a book about him as
such, nor simply a book by him, but a book with him, and it reflects
his life’s work as an architect and teacher, in the UK and USA.
On Intricacy is concerned with the deep reciprocity of ethics
and aesthetics in human ecology and culture. Intricacy is not so
much an aesthetic term—although it is a sign of quality in artistic
work—as something intrinsic to human situations. Intricacy is
something that architecture does or doesn’t reflect, and when
it does, it tends to be life-like, vital, and therefore good.
On Intricacy is a visual and written polemic reflecting the
hard-won wisdom of a practical life. On Intricacy is also a
biography of sorts of a man born into a relatively recent, but
also a very different age. It tells an inspiring story from a period
of hope and opportunity in the 20th century. On Intricacy is an
anthology. An anthology is a collection of flowers2, often offered
at a festival. On Intricacy is an invitation to share in the deeper
meaning of theory3: to participate in a form of long game that
demands that we give ourselves up to it, witness it, and join in
with it; keeping alive the possibility of architecture that “really
has something of the truth of play about it”.