Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis: Opportunistic Architecture

Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis: Opportunistic Architecture

by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis
     
 

What if the constraints and limitations of architecture became the catalyst for design invention? The award-winningyoung architecture firm Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis calls their answers to this question "opportunistic architecture." It is a design philosophy that transforms the typically restrictive conditions of architectural practicesmall budgets, awkward spaces, strict… See more details below

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What if the constraints and limitations of architecture became the catalyst for design invention? The award-winningyoung architecture firm Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis calls their answers to this question "opportunistic architecture." It is a design philosophy that transforms the typically restrictive conditions of architectural practicesmall budgets, awkward spaces, strict zoninginto generators of architectural innovation. Often building portions of projects themselves, thesearchitects seek to maximize their project's impact through material fabrication and construction.

Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis presents a diverse selection of built and speculative projects ranging from smallinstallations to larger institutional buildings. Their celebrated restaurant projectsincluding a café with a wall made by the architects from 479 cast-plaster coffee cup lidspresent innovative solutions to the challenges of working with existing space. Their large institutional buildings such as Bornhuetter Hall for Wooster College imaginatively engage the particulars of program, budget, client needs, and code. Their designs for a residence in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, morph from a standard suburban elevation on the street front to a modern pavilion at the back. Also included are a selection of the firm's speculative projects addressing issues of urbanism and suburbanism. Built projects are accompanied by thought-provoking texts, beautiful drawings, and photographs. An appendix distills their design philosophy into five tactics, a readymade code forstudents and practitioners looking for design ideas for the real world. Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis will enlighten and inspire architects to create more useful, attractive, and interesting forms.

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In 1997, twins Paul and David Lewis joined with Mark Tsurumaki to form an architectural firm in New York City called Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL). This book summarizes the first ten years of their practice. The principals of the firm live and teach in the New York City area (at Parsons, Columbia, and Princeton), also the location of most of their commissions: lofts, restaurants, parking garages, a bakery, and an occasional international competition entry. LTL is a cutting-edge firm-so much so that most of their work looks interventionist, evanescent, contingent, highly industrialized, and, in the end, temporary. This seventh installment in the "New Voices in Architecture" series is published with the support of Chicago's prestigious Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts. For specialized architecture libraries only.
—Peter S. Kaufman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568987101
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Series:
New Voices in Architecture Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,370,811
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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