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Cedric Price:
Radical Pragmatist, in Pursuit of Lightness
Whitney Moon
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From the time he formed his practice in 1960, Cedric Price was a persistent critic of normative architecture. He was less interested in buildings—Price deemed them fixed, static, inflexible, and obsolete—and more intent on structures that could anticipate future change and use. He also believed that new technologies were imperative to innovating the built environment and facilitating social progress. This is why Price worked to bring attention to the potential of “air,” which until then had been mostly invisible to architecture. In his pursuit of lightness, this essay argues that Price recast the role of the architect as a radical pragmatist.

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