Energies:New Material Boundaries: Architectural Design

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At present, material energies – that is thermal variation, air velocity, spectrums of light and electricity – remain a largely untapped source of innovation and inspiration for architects. Commonly relegated to the production of ambience - ‘moods’ or ‘effects’ - energies tend to be explored, in a design context, as little more than metaphor or poetics. Alternatively, they are regarded wholly as a resource for providing preconceived, rule-of-thumb interior comfort zones or as a set of measurables for determining ...

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Overview

At present, material energies – that is thermal variation, air velocity, spectrums of light and electricity – remain a largely untapped source of innovation and inspiration for architects. Commonly relegated to the production of ambience - ‘moods’ or ‘effects’ - energies tend to be explored, in a design context, as little more than metaphor or poetics. Alternatively, they are regarded wholly as a resource for providing preconceived, rule-of-thumb interior comfort zones or as a set of measurables for determining ‘energy efficient’ buildings. Energies looks at ways of elevating these materials from their dependence on surfaces and services and in so doing, deploying them as building materials in themselves; thus redefining our physical boundaries through a wholly new means of spatial organisation.

  • The publication propels the sustainability debate forward by making ‘material energies’ the catalyst for experimental design.
  • The issue deals with a wide range of scales of design, from architecture to building design and that of landscape and urban planning
  • Contributors include Michelle Addington, Petra Blaisse, Penelope Dean, Helene Furjan, An Te Liu, Zbigniew Oksiuta, Philippe Rahm and WEATHERS.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470753637
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Series: Architectural Design Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Lally founded the office WEATHERS to embrace the potential overlap between the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. He was a visiting instructor at UCLA, and an assistant professor at the Rice School of Architecture before recently joining UIC’s School of Architecture as an assistant professor in 2009. He is co-editor (with Jessica Young) of SOFTSPACE: From a Representation of Form to a Simulation of Space (Routledge, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Editorial (Helen Castle).

Introduction: Twelve Easy Pieces for the Piano (Sean Lally).

Contingent Behaviours (Michelle Addington).

99.7 Per Cent Pure (Mason White).

‘Never Mind All That Environmental Rubbish, Get On With Your Architecture’ (Penelope Dean).

Meteorological Architecture (Philippe Rahm).

Domestic Micro-Environments (Mathieu Lehanneur).

Breeding the Future (Zbigniew Oksiuta).

When Cold Air Sleeps (Sean Lally).

Overlooked the Day Before: The Work of Pierre Huyghe (Sean Lally).

Energy Histories (David Gissen).

Energy Forms AMID (Cero9): Cristina Díaz Moreno + Efrén García Grinda).

The Instinctive Sense of Space and Boundary (Petra Blaisse).

Potential Futures (Sean Lally).

Interior Eye: Kings Place: Hall One (Howard Watson).

Practice Profile: Weisz + Yoes (WXY architecture + urban design) (Jayne Merkel).

Building Profile: The Royal Institution (David Littlefield).

Unit Factor: Articulating Environmental Grounds (Anne Save de Beaurecueil and Franklin Lee).

Spiller’s Bits: Architecture of Disbelief: Is Architectural Speciation a Good Thing (Neil Spiller)?

Yeang's Eco-Files: Bioluminescence and Nanoluminescence (Ken Yeang).

McLean’s Nuggets (Will McLean).

Userscape: An Unconventional Low-Cost Museum (Valentina Croci).

Site Lines: Tower Houses of Sana’a (Eric Firley).

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