Operative Design

A Catalog of Spatial Verbs

Author: Anthony di Mari

Publisher: BIS Publishers

ISBN: 9789063692896

Category: Architecture

Page: 144

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The core idea for this book is the use of operative verbs as tools for designing space. These operative verbs abstract the idea of spatial formation to its most basic terms, allowing for an objective approach to create the foundation for subjective spatial design. Examples of these verbs are expand, inflate, nest, wist, lift, embed, merge and many more. Together they form a visual dictionary decoding the syntax of spatial verbs. The verbs are illustrated with three-dimensional diagrams and pictures of designs which show the verbs 'in action'. This approach was devised, tested, and applied to architectural studio instruction by Anthony Di Mari and Nora Yoo while teaching at Harvard University's Career Discovery Program in Architecture in 2010. As instructors and as recent graduates, they saw a need for this kind of catalogue from both sides - as a reference manual applicable to design students in all stages of their studies, as well as a teaching tool for instructors to help students understand the strong spatial potential of abstract operations.

Spatial Intelligence

Why It Matters from Birth through the Lifespan

Author: Daniel Ness,Stephen J. Farenga,Salvatore G. Garofalo

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317531183

Category: Education

Page: 274

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Spatial Intelligence examines public and professional conceptions of the relationships between thinking about spatial attributes and active engagement in spatially related constructions and designs. Even though children’s and adolescents’ spatial propensities in constructive activities parallel the skills needed by professionals in both established and emerging fields, spatial education is often missing from K–12 curricula and is easily impeded by teachers, parents, or other individuals who do not provide contexts in formalized settings, such as schools, to nurture its potential. This book bridges the gap by linking the natural spatial inclinations, interests, and proclivities of individuals from a variety of cultures with professional training and expertise in engineering, architecture, science, and mathematics. Educators will be better able to achieve the skills and awareness necessary to provide children and young adults with the vital opportunities inherent in spatial education.


Europäische Landschaftsarchitektur Für Das 21. Jahrhundert

Author: Annette Becker,Peter Cachola Schmal

Publisher: Birkhauser

ISBN: 9783034603133

Category: Architecture

Page: 245

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The rediscovery of the city that has been evident recently has by no means superseded the human desire for nature. On the contrary, the goal has been finding urban solutions that do justice to these growing needs and do so in ways that meet the requirements for design, ecology, sociology, and economy. This publication addresses the subject of designing inner-city spaces. It documents twenty recently realized examples in Europe, most of which feature greenery, designed by international landscape architects such as Gustafson Porter, Field Operations, Michel Desvigne, Gross.Max, Latz + Partner, and West 8. The projects, built between 2004 and 2010, range from private urban gardens by way of squares, streets, and promenades to large-scale projects such as the revitalization of riverside areas or master plans for the green spaces of entire cities. Urban greenery is an important contribution to ecological urban development. The projects documented offer examples of how this can succeed using the most modern materials and technologies.

The Limits of Fabrication

Materials Science, Materialist Poetics

Author: Nathan Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0823272990

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

View: 313


"The Limits of Fabrication engages anew with traditional understandings of poetry as a practice of making or building, putting this approach to the test and radicalizing its implications by studying models of form and structure in twentieth and twenty-first century materialist poetics alongside recent innovations in materials science and engineering"--