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Introduction: category of the unbuildable

Architecture is conventionally perceived to be synonymous with building. In contrast, this book introduces and defines a new category – the unbuildable – involving projects that are not just unbuilt but also independent or autonomous from material realisation. I will argue that this distinct type of architectural production bears an important and often surprising role in architectural discourse, working not in opposition to the buildable, but frequently working towards complementing it.