Already today, the demands of the job no longer correspond to the profile on which classical architectural training is based.In this context, the question that arises is no longer that of the building alone, but also that of a changed ...
Author: Urs Staub
The job description of the architect has fundamentally changed with the emergence of a globalized society, and it will continue to do so in the future. Already today, the demands of the job no longer correspond to the profile on which classical architectural training is based.In this context, the question that arises is no longer that of the building alone, but also that of a changed approach to building and new pathways within design itself.This is where Explorations comes in: internationally celebrated authors, all of whom are professors as well and hence directly involved in the processes they describe, address the principal topics of contemporary architectural research. Taking the works of their own design studios as examples (EidgenAssische Technische Hochschule [ETH] ZA1/4rich [Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich]: Marc AngA(c)lil, Fabio Gramazio/Matthias Kohler; Ecole Polytechnique FA(c)dA(c)rale de Lausanne [EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne]: Harry Gugger, Dieter Dietz), they offer concrete discussions of those topics and place them in the context of applied research and practice. Short and accessible essays on the most important architectural movements of the twentieth century clarify the relationship between the subjects discussed and canonical architectural research.The exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale is merely intended as a springboard for further study of the subject.
Explorations features a foreword by Toshiko Mori, chair of the department of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; an essay by highly respected Chicago-based architect Brad Lynch; and a Q & A with John Ronan conducted by ...
Author: John Ronan
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
John Ronan Architects' award-winning Gary Comer Youth Center was designed specifically to support the activities of Chicago's South Shore Drill Team; however, during the design process, the function of the space continued to evolve along with the client's goals, resulting in an architectural program that grew from a simple gym into a multifunctional space supporting a range of community and educational services. Explorations also features fully documented design processes for the recently completed Poetry Foundation in Chicago; the transformation of Washington, D.C.'s historic Yale Steam Laundry building into condominiums; the Urban Model High School, a new prototype school developed for the Public Building Commission of Chicago; and Precast Chapel, an economical concrete chapel for promoting interfaith dialogue and religious understanding. Ronan's ability to deliver adaptability along with a sense of identity and place renders his work both timely and destined to age with grace and dignity--meaningful additions to their environs that hold significant value to both building clients and end users. Explorations features a foreword by Toshiko Mori, chair of the department of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; an essay by highly respected Chicago-based architect Brad Lynch; and a Q & A with John Ronan conducted by Robert McAnulty.
Architectural Energetics in Archaeology assembles an international array of scholars who have analyzed architecture from archaeological and historic societies using architectural energetics. It is the first such volume of its kind.
Author: Leah McCurdy
Category: Social Science
Archaeologists and the public at large have long been fascinated by monumental architecture built by past societies. Whether considering the earthworks in the Ohio Valley or the grandest pyramids in Egypt and Mexico, people have been curious as to how pre-modern societies with limited technology were capable of constructing monuments of such outstanding scale and quality. Architectural energetics is a methodology within archaeology that generates estimates of the amount of labor and time allocated to construct these past monuments. This methodology allows for detailed analyses of architecture and especially the analysis of the social power underlying such projects. Architectural Energetics in Archaeology assembles an international array of scholars who have analyzed architecture from archaeological and historic societies using architectural energetics. It is the first such volume of its kind. In addition to applying architectural energetics to a global range of architectural works, it outlines in detail the estimates of costs that can be used in future architectural analyses. This volume will serve archaeology and classics researchers, and lecturers teaching undergraduate and graduate courses related to social power and architecture. It also will interest architects examining past construction and engineering projects.
Architecture has been described as "frozen music." To be sure, architecture has many physically static features, yet it can best be understood as a process in motion and as motion. Both architecture and music share attributes of qualitative movement. A composition unfolds in phases of tension and repose, extension, and arrival. Explicit patterns of organization are defined by proportions, gradients of texture and intensity, and through the experience of space in time. RELATED EXPLORATIONS ... is an inquiry and a proposed demonstration of a parallel process of composition. A landscape, a sonata, and a building design are "composed" synesthetically with respect to their temporal qualities. An agricultural site in Northern Massachusetts is chosen for a new community of artists. The project accommodates artist housing, studios, workshops, and facilities for performances and exhibitions. Perceptual qualities of the site, programs, and formal strategies are illustrated with diagrams, notations, and original photography. Musical scores and design drawings are presented together to aid direct comparison of the mediums. A cassette recording of the sonata for violin in D-major is included with this submission (30 minutes). The cassette will be shelved with the thesis manuscript in Rotch Library.
The book addresses the challenge of educating architects that are ready to operate in this new order. Hands-on experience with physical materials is therefore a central theme throughout the book.
Author: Nicolai Steinø
Publisher: Aalborg Universitetsforlag
This book presents an overview of form-making as it is taught in different architecture and design programs around the world. The diverse collection of pedagogical experiences will certainly be of interest to architecture and design instructors, as well as their students. With a few exceptions, such as the emphasis on materiality in the Bauhaus curriculum, the modernist tradition emphasizes form and space at the beginning of the design process while the definition of materials are left to a second phase, and often to a second professional, the structural engineer. Today, material properties, and the computer controlled production processes used to achieve them, not only contribute to spatial definitions, but allow the emergence of unexpected possibilities. Structural and environmental performances are no more a direct consequence of geometry, but are intentionally embedded in the materials of which buildings are made. The book addresses the challenge of educating architects that are ready to operate in this new order. Hands-on experience with physical materials is therefore a central theme throughout the book. The compilation starts with a theoretical overview by Rivka Oxman, one of the most acknowledged authors in the field. Next, examples of educational experiences with different levels of abstraction are described in detail. The book ends with a thorough analysis from a pedagogical perspective.
This "other" realm of design evidences Jacobson's use of timeless structural and formal concepts. For the architect, this realm has been an exciting exploration; it is the subject of this book.
Author: Grant Hildebrand
Phillip Jacobson has practiced architecture in Seattle for forty years. He was a partner in, and for twenty years design director of, TRA, a large multi-disciplinary firm renowned for deft and effective design of large architectural and urban projects, both domestic and international. Throughout the years, however, Jacobson has also continually engaged in the design of furniture and lighting fixtures for commercial production, and from the outset of his professional career he has designed jewelry and home accessories for friends and family. This "other" realm of design evidences Jacobson's use of timeless structural and formal concepts. For the architect, this realm has been an exciting exploration; it is the subject of this book.
The essays discuss such topics as the relation of aesthetics to technology, the place of design in social action, the role of the consumer in design decisions, and the need for ethical practice in contemporary design.
Author: Richard Buchanan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Discovering Design reflects the growing recognition that the design of the everyday world deserves attention not only as a professional practice but as a subject of social, cultural, and philosophic investigation. Victor Margolin, cofounder and an editor of the journal Design Issues, and Richard Buchanan, also an editor of the journal, bring together eleven essays by scholars in fields ranging from psychology, sociology, and political theory to technology studies, rhetoric, and philosophy. The essayists share the editors' concern, first made clear in Margolin's Design Discourse: History, Theory, Criticism, with the the development of design studies as a field of interdisciplinary research. The contributors (Gianfranco Zaccai, Albert Borgmann, Richard Buchanan, Augusto Morello, Tufan Orel, Nigel Cross, Victor Margolin, Langdon Winner, Carl Mitcham, Tony Fry, and Ezio Manzini) focus on three broad themes that form a sequence of fundamental issues: how to shape design as a subject matter, how to distinguish the activity of designing in the complex world of action, and how to address the basic questions of value and responsibility that persistently arise in the discussion and practice of design. The editors' introduction provides a useful overview of these questions and offers a multidisciplinary framework for design studies. The essays discuss such topics as the relation of aesthetics to technology, the place of design in social action, the role of the consumer in design decisions, and the need for ethical practice in contemporary design. Manzini's concluding essay shows how the issue of ethics should connect responsible behavior to decisions made every day in the manufacture of objects.
This book takes a new look at familiar structures in the tangible world but also engages with the invisible world, including the question of consciousness.
Author: Scott Onstott
Taking Measure reveals patterns emergent in our universe from quantum to astronomic scales. Spatial and temporal codes appear in unexpected places, from our units of measure to the relationships between celestial bodies. Geometric and numeric encoding appears in architecture, in urban design, and in alignments across the Earth. Does this happen by pure coincidence, has it been done to preserve knowledge, or is it an ancient form of magic that continues to this day? Are the synchronicities we experience in our personal lives manifestations of these same patterns? This book takes a new look at familiar structures in the tangible world but also engages with the invisible world, including the question of consciousness.