Surface Architecture

Surface Architecture

by David Leatherbarrow, Mohsen Mostafavi
     
 

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

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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.The properties of a building's surface — whether it is made of concrete, metal, glass, or other materials — are not merely superficial; they construct the spatial effects by which architecture communicates. Through its surfaces a building declares both its autonomy and its participation in its surroundings.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262621946
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
1,476,061
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Leatherbarrow is Professor of Architecture and Chairman of the Graduate Group in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mohsen Mostafavi is Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

1Introduction : why surface architecture?1
2Framing containment9
3Window/wall39
4The appearance of covering79
5Adjusting standards131
6Premade - remade165
7Technique and appearance : the task of the present199

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