Analyzing Ambasz

Analyzing Ambasz

by Michael Sorkin, Jerrilynn Denise Dodds, Peter Hall
     
 

Architect, museum curator, and industrial designer Emilio Ambasz is renowned for projects that fuse architecture and landscape — high-rise buildings enveloped in verdant screens of trees and plants, houses that virtually disappear beneath mounds of earth. His highly original work defies easy categorization and analysis, and Ambasz has himself presented his

Overview

Architect, museum curator, and industrial designer Emilio Ambasz is renowned for projects that fuse architecture and landscape — high-rise buildings enveloped in verdant screens of trees and plants, houses that virtually disappear beneath mounds of earth. His highly original work defies easy categorization and analysis, and Ambasz has himself presented his designs as springing from his deeply felt mythical and poetic desires, serving notice of his own uncomfortable fit with conventional critical categories.

In this penetrating collection of essays, prominent scholars and architects take up the challenge and set about rigorously "analyzing Ambasz." In addition to exploring his architectural work, the authors examine Ambasz's innovative industrial designs, including the Vertebra chair and dozens of other ingenious objects. Ambasz's curatorial work, particularly the seminal "New Italian Design" exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, is also discussed in an effort to fill out a complex picture of the man. Completing the volume is Sorkin's interview with Ambasz and Emilio, the self-described visionary and pragmatic sides of the designer's personality. Photographs and drawings accompany this lively debate that dramatically expands an understanding of Ambasz and his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580931359
Publisher:
The Monacelli Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sorkin is the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio in New York and director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York. His books include Variations on a Theme Park, Exquisite Corpse, Local Code, Giving Ground, Wiggle, Some Assembly Required, Other Plans, and The Next Jerusalem.

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