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Publication

  • FACTICITY
    Neil M. Denari
    Author
    AADCU, 2014
  • GRANTEE
    Neil M. Denari
    GRANT YEAR
    2012

Neil M. Denari Architects, Keelung Harbor Service Building, 2012. Courtesy of the author.

FACTICITY is used to describe two fundamental aspects of the work of NMDA: the precision of its material life, both built and virtual; and its intentional conceptual open endedness, i.e. facticity also refers to phenomena that resist explanation. Between facthood (indisputable facts) and ideality (an unobtainably pristine condition), the term captures a rather radical spectrum of intellectual and visual speculation that conceives of architecture as a functioning experiment. For an office that is obsessed with finish, clarity, and graphic immediacy, NMDA is also equally fascinated by and strives to make work that resists immediate gratification. With extensive documentation of 45 projects and ten essays, all authored by Neil Denari, the book explores the ways in which the concept of facticity both clarifies and problematizes the work of NMDA.

Neil M. Denari is an architect and principal of Neil M. Denari Architects, Los Angeles. He received his BArch from the University of Houston (1980) and an MArch from Harvard University (1982). From 1982 to 1988, he lived and worked in New York, first working for James Stewart Polshek, then independently. He began exhibiting his work at Storefront in 1984. Denari is a professor of architecture at UCLA and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton University, among other schools. Among his awards are the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal (2011), inclusion in the Interior Design Hall of Fame (2010), the USA Artists Fellowship (2009), and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (2008). He has written two books, Interrupted Projections (TOTO, 1996) and Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton, 1999). Denari's work with NMDA has been published and exhibited widely and he has given more than 230 lectures around the world.