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This book gathers 14 architects, designers, performing artists, film makers, media theorists, philosophers, mathematicians and programmers. They all argue that matter in contemporary posthuman times has to be rethought in its rich internal dynamism and its multifaceted context.
It is impossible to dissociate the evolution of Enric Miralles' architecture from the development of his own system of representation. Founded on an initial position inherited from his training at the Barcelona School of Architecture and his practice at the office of Viaplana-Pinon, where he acquired a liking for precision in drawing and a graphic style based exclusively on lines of the same thickness, Miralles soon developed a method defined by a customised use of orthographic projections, connected to a fragmented conception of the architectural plan and space itself. The Miralles Projection explains both the origin and evolution of Miralles' system of representation, from his time as an architecture student and collaborator at Viaplana-Pinon to the latest projects he designed with Benedetta Tagliabue, including the significant period with Carme Pinos. With a curated selection of previously unpublished drawings, it demonstrates on a fundamental level how the evolution of his architecture ran parallel to that of representation, thus illustrating their indissolubility and mutual interdependence
Architecture Stuff is about a way of looking at architecture. It examines 7 seminal projects and shows how they might have been conceived with or without the design architect's awareness. More a working method than a theory, the book deals with questions pertinent to designers as well as to critics of buildings. More Stuff then illustrates how the same sensibility and working method can be used in the design of buildings as a tool for creating architecture. The 7 buildings featured are chosen for their breadth of styles and approaches to architecture, demonstrating that this approach to architecture can be applied to any building. Presented in reverse chronological order, the first project, Grace Farms, is a building by SANAA. Noted for its meandering river form and minimalist detailing, it is seen to be - among other things - a juxtaposition of orthogonal and sinuous forms. The second project is Villa Dall Ava by Rem Koolhaas/OMA. Located in the suburbs, the house is a transition from city to country. The third project is the Neue Staatsgalerie by James Stirling. The analysis shows how the 'bad boy' of architecture subverts conventional architectural tropes. Robert Venturi's Mother's House is shown to be a compressed stately manor and an architect's conceit. The Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn can be understood as simple repetitive forms with elaborated elements that organize a diverse collection of spaces. Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre is much more than types of transparency and mechanisation. One of its major themes is the use of 'L' shaped spaces. Finally, St George's Bloomsbury by Nicholas Hawksmoor is a parish church swallowed by a classical temple. The critique exposes how the architect used that idea to juxtapose the clerical and the civic to develop all of the details in the building. These are not singular idea buildings and, as a way of seeing architecture, there are overlapping themes in this collection. The history of architecture of specific periods is a common theme, as is architecture's stasis with spaces expanding or contracting. A dry sense of humour is always appreciated. What separates these buildings from any other building is the density of ideas presented. More Stuff accounts for the same working methods as a way to make architecture. Here the author illustrates eleven projects across the span of his career. Though often done in collaboration with others, in all cases the author generated the design ideas. One of the key aspects of architecture stuff is that it is unpretentious and accessible and these projects are meant to illustrate that quality. Architecture can be serious and playful at the same time.
Nature doesn't necessarily mean creativity, yet its diversity and beauty are stunning. We call the mechanism behind this unintended creativity of nature 'BI' - Biological Intelligence. The design and construction of a building is very much like the creation of life. The intention of BI is to understand how life is born, withers, born again, and to follow the principles of evolution so architecture can also enter a sustainable cycle of design, construct, operate, and disassemble and regenerated according to its new condition. The three categories: 'Origin', 'Form', and 'Interface' loosely resembles lives' condition of 'Habitat', 'Physical Form' and 'Interaction with outside'. Each category contains three modules; all the nine modules contain elements that architects have been familiar with for thousands of years. They exist as nine toolboxes that architects need and use during the design process - the creation of architecture. BI is a bigger box that holds the nine boxes together. The same way as nature never intends to create anything, most of architecture's great inventions aren't created intentionally. Rather than boosting design creativity, the mechanism introduced in this book proves to accompany architects strolling through the maze of architecture, improving the creation of architecture similarly to how nature creates itself.
The two-dimensional drawing with plan layout, elevation, and section is a necessary prerequisite for all building. Perspectives help to give three-dimensional expression to the architect's ideas. In order to convey architecture and to build it, drawings at a reduced scale are mandatory, for the architect as much as for tradesmen and clients. This book recounts the historical development of architectural drawings and thus provides an insight into the fascinating world of this medium. It not only shows plain technical drawings but mainly focuses on impressive inventions of almost artistic quality that surprise again and again. It thus is a convincing appeal to constantly renew ways of drawing architecture and thereby to imagine future worlds.
Outstanding architects of our time at the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University Munich spoke under the heading Architects on Architects about their predecessors from previous generations who influenced the way they see architecture. Viewed from a present-day perspective, the focus lay on the relevance of concepts and ideas across the generations and on their adaptation for the world today. The format and diversity of the lectures provided in particular an opportunity to participate in the transfer of ideas and the discussions on the subject of building culture. The additional personal conversations between the architects presenting the lectures and renowned architectural theorists and artists examine the subject in greater depth and are now published for the first time in the form of this book.
A unique and engaging book, Designing Change is a visual discourse into the creative psyche of the interior-architects at DPD. It explores and illustrates how designing an interior space goes beyond a direct, strategic response to a building's intrinsic architectural form to examine and embody the evolving relationship between man and built environment. Recognising that change is the only constant in an ever-progressing world, the book aims to simultaneously rethink design and inspire a new paradigm in our design approach and perspective on space. Drawing on over 30 years of experience in the interior design, space planning and project management industry, DPD combines design concepts and short stories with imagery and illustrations to provide an in-depth look at the fundamentals and perceptions of interior spaces so as to rethink the practice of interior design today. DPD is an integral part of the Singapore-based international architecture practice, DP Architects and its group of companies. Adept at handling multi-disciplinary large scale projects, DPD works hand in hand with DP Architects to achieve holistic design practices.