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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Meticulously and beautifully conceived and presented, Surface
Architecture rewards reading and re-reading, inspiring the pursuit of new possibilities in the creation of architecture." Bobby Open The Architectural
Review

The MIT Press

"Surface Architecture shows that attention to surfaces does not necessarily equate with a lack of depth." Daniel Willis Harvard Design
Magazine

The MIT Press

"This should be required reading for any architect." Jeremy Melvin The
Architect's Journal

The MIT Press

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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)

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.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : why surface architecture? 1
2 Framing containment 9
3 Window/wall 39
4 The appearance of covering 79
5 Adjusting standards 131
6 Premade - remade 165
7 Technique and appearance : the task of the present 199
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