The Cannibal’s Cookbook

Mining Myths of Cyclopean Constructions


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SpecificationsSKU: 90895Binding: Soft Bound ISBN: 978-1-951541-43-9 Pages: 192pp Publication Date: Spring 2021 Size: 5.125” x 7.25” Portrait World Rights: Available

The Cannibal’s Cookbook fiercely consumes the body of past cyclopean constructions. It assembles, re-packages, and offers this latent knowledge for your contemporary consumption. It is a manual for the hungry, for those who are not satiated by the careless building practices of the present. With one foot in the past and another in the present, the cookbook bridges the realities of our ancestors and ourselves. We propose a series of architectural “recipes” after dining on this body of past expertise. The recipes are deciphered from ancient cyclopean masonry systems, but with a contemporary twist. They cannibalize leftover debris—building rubble that typically stuffs our landfills—to construct new buildings.

Brandon Clifford is the director and co-founder of Matter Design and an associate professor at MIT. He studied at Georgia Tech ’06 and Princeton ’11 for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture. Brandon has been awarded a number of prizes, namely a TED Fellowship, the SOM Prize, and an American Academy in Rome Prize.


Soft Bound





Publication date

Spring 2021


5.125” x 7.25” Portrait

World rights