Author: Lebbeus Woods,Guy Lafranchi,Research Institute for Experimental Architecture
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
HISTAORMINA presents new concepts of architectural education and urban design through the lens of an intensive two-week workshop held in September of 2001. With the unique coastal hilltown of Taormina, Sicily as both subject and setting, the authors lead a team of European and American students in an exploration that combines visual and conceptual design, historical references, critical discourse, and both local and global issues with innovative new methods of individual creativity and collaboration. The results are documented in an extensive series of photographs of experimental models and constructions and the working process that produced them. These are accompanied by comments from the students and a text by the authors explaining the concepts behind this new approach and describing its implications for the future.
Author: Jacobo Krauel,Amber Ockrassa
Publisher: Universe Pub
The buildings selected for this book have little in common-they come from different cities across the globe and represent the work of some of the world's most accomplished architects, who often have vastly different outlooks, each radically defying convention and producing innovative alternatives for residential spaces. Each project is profiled with images of the completed construction, reproductions of the layouts and floorplans, and a description of how the design came to be. Some architects highlight the obstacles inherent in working with a particular site, while others discuss how the clients and their lifestyles were the chief elements around which they designed the house. Each profile demonstrates what makes the project unique and what source provided the impetus or inspiration for designing the house in that particular way. All these houses defy expectations and explode the notion of what "experimental" means in residential architecture. The buildings selected for this book have little in common-they come from different cities across the globe and represent the work of some of the world's most accomplished architects, who often have vastly different outlooks, each radically defying convention and producing innovative alternatives for residential spaces. Each project is profiled with images of the completed construction, reproductions of the layouts and floorplans, and a description of how the design came to be. Some architects highlight the obstacles inherent in working with a particular site, while others discuss how the clients and their lifestyles were the chief elements around which they designed the house. Each profile demonstrates what makes the project unique and what source provided the impetus or inspiration for designing the house in that particular way. All these houses defy expectations and explode the notion of what "experimental" means in residential architecture.
Author: Aaron Betsky,John Chase,Leon Whiteson,Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
Publisher: Rizzoli Intl Pubns
to the latest developments in one of architecture's most exciting centers of activity.
Chinese Experimental Architecture Reborn
Today, architecture in China is at a watershed. Over the last decade, rapid urbanisation and the burgeoning economy turned the country into a playground for the world’s signature architects, making it possible to realise extravagant forms and structures at a vast scale. The Chinese government has now drawn a line under this phenomenon by issuing a directive calling an end to the ‘oversized, xenocentric, weird’ buildings devoid of character or cultural heritage that have sprung up across the country, requiring that urban architecture be 'suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye'. This government directive comes at a time when homegrown architecture has become increasingly self-assured and reflective in its approach. A new generation of architects in China in their 30s and 40s are emerging, and in a wholly contemporary way they are exploring local responses to often bewildering urban and rural conditions and serious social and environmental challenges. This is often expressed through a revival of interest in traditional street patterns, courtyards and gardens. At the same time, architects are also recognising the opportunities to harness the potential of China’s established manufacturing base to develop prefabricated building systems. Innovative practices are employing new modes of working, such as research-based studio teaching and exhibitions, field workshops, cross-disciplinary collaboration, laboratory-based practice, design think-tanks and collective projects, generating a vibrant culture of design research. Contributors: Lu Feng, Murray Fraser, Xiao Fu and Wei You, Xiahong Hua and Shen Zhuang, Xinggang Li, Yichun Liu, James Shen, Yehao Song, Hui Wang, Shuo Wang, Xin Wang and Qiuye Jin, Philip F Yuan and Xiang Wang, Li Zhang, Xin Zhang and Jingxiang Zhu. Featured architects: Archi-Union Architects, Atelier Archmixing, Atelier Deshaus, Atelier Li Xinggang, Integrated Architecture Studio, LanD Studio, META-Project, People's Architecture Office, SUP Atelier, URBANUS and Zaoyuan Gardening Studio
Author: Guy Lafranchi,Research Institute for Experimental Architecture
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Pr
"The book is dedicated to all those structures that are loaded with poison. Whether it is a system of empty petrol storage tanks or a historical Landhaus from 1700, Archonpoison deals with structures that are welcome or not, destroyed or renovated, accepted or despised, structures looking forward neither to being replaced nor to ending in archives of conservation, but to an activation of their latent transformative power."--Guy Lafranchi, from the introduction to Archonpoison Archonpoison presents two of Guy Lafranchi's recent projects, which at first glance appear quite different yet which have strong conceptual similarities. By weaving together his realized Landhaus project and his unbuilt Tank project, Lafranchi invokes the power of architecture to transform meaning as well as space, to affect the symbolic as well as the instrumental, liberating its potential to deepen our understanding of the world around us. Archonpoison, which includes a preface by Lebbeus Woods, is the second title in the RIEAeuropea book series, after BorderLine.
Intermediate Criticality in the Journal Time + Architecture
Author: Guanghui Ding
For the past 30 years, The Chinese journal Time + Architecture (Shidai Jianzhu) has focused on publishing innovative and exploratory work by emerging architects based in private design firms who were committed to new material, theoretical and pedagogical practices. In doing so, this book argues that the journal has engaged in the presentation and production of a particular form of critical architecture - described as an ’intermediate criticality’ - as a response to the particular constraints of the Chinese cultural and political context. The journal’s publications displayed a ’dual critique’ - a resistant attitude to the dominant modes of commercial building practice, characterised by rapid and large-scale urban expansion, and an alternative publishing practice focusing on emerging, independent architectural practitioners through the active integration of theoretical debates, architectural projects, and criticisms. This dual critique is illustrated through a careful review and analysis of the history and programme of the journal. By showing how the work of emerging architects, including Yung Ho Chang, Wang Shu, Liu Jiakun and Urbanus, are situated within the context of the journal’s special thematic editions on experimental architecture, exhibition, group design, new urban space and professional system, the book assesses the contribution the journal has made to the emergence of a critical architecture in China, in the context of how it was articulated, debated, presented and perhaps even ’produced’ within the pages of the publication itself. The protagonists of critical architecture have endeavoured to construct an alternative mode of form and space with strong aesthetic and socio-political implications to the predominant production of architecture under the current Chinese socialist market economy. To rebel against certain forms of domination and suppression by capital and power is by no means to completely reject them; rather, it is to use thos
An Alternative View of Bio-informed Practice
Author: Rachel Armstrong
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Soft Living Architecture explores the invention of new architectures based on living processes. It crafts a unique intersection between two fast-developing disciplines: biomimicry and biodesign in architecture, and bioinformatics and natural computing in the natural sciences. This is the first book to examine both the theory and methodology of architecture and design working directly with the natural world. It explores a range of approaches from the use of life-like systems in building design to the employment of actual growing and living cell and tissue cultures as architectural materials - creating architecture that can change, learn and grow with us. The use of 'living architecture' is cutting-edge and speculative, yet it is also inspiring a growing number of designers worldwide to adopt alternative perspectives on sustainability and environmental design. The book examines the ethical and theoretical issues arising alongside case-studies of experimental practice, to explore what we mean by 'natural' in the Anthropocene, and raise deep questions about the nature of design and the design of nature. This provocative and at times controversial book shows why it will become ever more necessary to embrace living processes in architecture if we are to thrive in a sustainable future.
saw only the moon
Author: Lars Kordetzky,Research Institute for Experimental Architecture
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Pr
Subject of the book is an architectural encounter with the psyche, the starting point being an intervention in a solitary confinement cell of a psychiatric clinic in 1997. Crumbling edges, shifting perceptions, a world of confinement and liberated space, ... a network of thoughts and illusions, ... "sequences" describes the development of architectonic structures in an in-between world of unstable equilibrium. Architecture, art, psychiatry, psychology and philosophy are all linked by perception. By means of pictures, drawings and (thought) models, the different layers are exposed. The book has no beginning and no end, it offers an insight into various sequences involved in the design process.
Montage, Media, and Experimental Architecture in the 1960s
Author: Craig Buckley
An innovative look at the contribution of montage to twentieth-century architecture Graphic Assembly unearths the role played by montage and collage in the development of architectural culture over the past century, revealing their unexamined yet crucial significance. Craig Buckley brings together experimental architectural practices based in London, Paris, Vienna, and Florence, showing how breakthroughs in optical media and printing technologies enabled avant-garde architects to reimagine their field. Graphic Assembly considers a range of architects and movements from the 1950s through the early '70s, including Theo Crosby, Hans Hollein, and John McHale; the magazine Clip-Kit; and the groups Archigram, Superstudio, and Utopie. It gives a thorough account of how montage concepts informed the design of buildings, prototypes, models, exhibitions, and multimedia environments, accompanied by Buckley's insightful interpretations of the iconic images, exhibitions, and buildings of the 1960s that mark how the decade is remembered. Richly illustrated with never-before-published material from more than a dozen archives and private collections, Graphic Assembly offers a comparative overview of the network of experimental architectural practice in Europe. It provides a deep historical account of the cut-and-paste techniques now prevalent with architecture's digital turn, demonstrating the great importance of montage to architecture past, present, and future.
Experimental Architectural Design
Author: Asterios Agkathidis,Markus Hudert,Gabi Schillig
Publisher: Ernst J Wasmuth
This book examines experimental design methodologies in the field of architecture and their implementation in academic settings. Theoretical considerations by guest essayists and numerous examples of conceptual designs complement the holistic approach to the subject matter. The studies collected here emerged during a weekly workshop with architecture students at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Eine Geschichte großer Visionen
Author: Philip Wilkinson
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
Fantastisch geplant, nie verwirklicht Ein Wolkenkratzer, der 1,6 Kilometer hoch ist und 528 Stockwerke hat, eine Glaskuppel, die den größten Teil Manhattans bedeckt, ein Triumphbogen in Form eines Elefanten, Leonardo da Vincis Stadt auf zwei Ebenen: mit den nicht gebauten Projekten wurden anspruchsvolle neue Ideen erforscht, Konventionen hinterfragt und Wege in die Zukunft gewiesen. Einige von ihnen sind Meisterwerke, andere vergnügliche Fantasien. Manche Ideen erscheinen unglaublich kühn. Aber sie verweisen auch auf Gebäude, die Jahrzehnte später entstanden sind, wie das Eden Projekt, ein botanischer Garten, unter Kunststoffkuppeln in Cornwall, oder das Hochhaus The Shard in London.
Author: Marc Kushner
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
Die Zukunft der Architektur hat schon begonnen – 100 faszinierende Bauwerke an ungewöhnlichen Orten Ein Pavillon aus Papier, eine aufblasbare Konzerthalle, ein Forschungslabor, das durch den Schnee laufen kann – von den Gebäuden von morgen wird mehr verlangt. Marc Kushner hat 100 innovative Gebäude auf der ganzen Welt ausgewählt, um sie uns in Bild und Text vorzustellen. Eine faszinierende Reise durch die Architektur der Zukunft.