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An old saying used to warn that ‘the map is not the territory’. The guerrilla architect-artist-urbanists at Hong Kong-based MAP Office (Gutierrez + Portefaix) would beg to differ, To them, the map (or in this case, the ‘MAP’) most definitely is the territory, and this exuberant book proves it. Interwoven with essays, interviews and over 500 colour illustrations, photos, drawings, collages and more, the work summarises two decades of the MAP Office’s evolution from architectural research to artistic intervention and cinematic theorisation. It’s a work of genius from working geniuses, mixing politics, installation art, humour, science fiction, multicultural initiatives and just plain visionary thinking. The group has rejected everything about Modernist ideology, from the idea of the pristine space or the iconic shape to the quaint thought that form might follow function. Architecture has been let out of the bag, and it’s running wild.