Surface Architecture

Surface Architecture

by David Leatherbarrow, Mohsen Mostafavi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262134071

ISBN-13: 9780262134071

Pub. Date: 10/11/2002

Publisher: MIT Press

"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…  See more details below

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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 examine the theoretical and practical isolation of the building surface as the subject of architectural design. The autonomy of the surface, the modernist "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." 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262134071
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/11/2002
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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