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Surface Architecture : The MIT Press - David Leatherbarrow

Surface Architecture

The MIT Press

Paperback Published: 11th February 2005
ISBN: 9780262621946
Number Of Pages: 276
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Winner of the 2003 CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award presented by the International Committee of Architectural Critics Visually, many contemporary buildings either reflect their systems of production or recollect earlier styles and motifs. This division between production and representation is in some ways an extension of that between modernity and tradition. In this book David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi explore ways that design can take advantage of production methods such that architecture is neither independent of nor dominated by technology. Leatherbarrow and Mostafavi begin with the theoretical and practical isolation of the building surface as the subject of architectural design. The autonomy of the surface, the "free facade," presumes a distinction between the structural and nonstructural elements of the building, between the frame and the cladding. Once the skin of the building became independent of its structure, it could just as well hang like a curtain, or like clothing. The focus of the relationship between structure and skin is the architectural surface. In tracing the handling of this surface, the authors examine both contemporary buildings and those of the recent past. Architects discussed include Albert Kahn, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Alison and Peter Smithson, Alejandro de la Sota, Robert Venturi, Jacques Herzog, and Pierre de Meuron.

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"Meticulously and beautifully conceived and presented, Surface Architecture rewards reading and re-reading, inspiring the pursuit of new possibilities in the creation of architecture." - Bobby Open, The Architectural Review; "This should be required reading for any architect." - Jeremy Melvin, The Architects' Journal, 2003 Books of the Year"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Why Surface Architecture?p. 1
Framing Containmentp. 9
Window/Wallp. 39
The Appearance of Coveringp. 79
Adjusting Standardsp. 131
Premade -- Remadep. 165
Technique and Appearance: The Task of the Presentp. 199
Postscriptp. 215
Techniquep. 226
Appropriationp. 241
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780262621946
ISBN-10: 0262621940
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 11th February 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.61