The Lansing-born architect Lebbeus Woods once wrote a manifesto in which he declared that architecture was war and war was architecture, and that he, himself, was at war with his time, history and “all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms.”

That he took this quite seriously is evidenced by the fact that he had the manifesto read on the steps of the bombed-shattered Olympic Museum in Sarajevo in the midst of the Bosnian war. By his own account, and he was in the audience, it was in full view of Serbian snipers and artillery gunners.

Drawings from that time in...