Lebbeus Woods, who passed away just last year, was lucky enough to spend his last decades as a professional visionary, architect and theorist. His first widely available published work, OneFiveFour, came from the Princeton Architectural Press in 1989, which we wrote about last year. He did, however, have a string of smaller press titles previous to OneFiveFour.
The images in this post are from our collection of Lebbeus’ early published drawings which appeared alongside poetry, not architecture, although they are clearly characteristic of the later Lebbeus Woods aesthetic.
In the Dream Museum — Red Herring Chapbook No. 6.
Robert Bensen. Swamp Press, 1980
Matrix — The Red Herring Poets
Robert Bensen (ed.). Channing-Murray, 1976.
Here is some information about The Red Herring Poets from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
Formed in 1974, the Red Herring Poets hosted weekly poetry workshops and monthly meetings at the Red Herring Coffeehouse, located at the Channing-Murray Foundation in Urbana, Ill.
SFMoMA had an exhibit on Lebbeus Woods earlier this year, described as follows:
The extensive drawings and models on view present an original perspective on the built environment — one that holds high regard for humanity’s ability to resist, respond, and create in adverse conditions. “Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules,” he once said.
And Woods’ sizeable blog is still available and full of content for you to browse.