Monolithic Architecture (Architecture & Design)

Monolithic Architecture (Architecture & Design)

Rodolfo Machado, Rodolphe el-Khoury

well scanned PDF of this hugely illustrated (color and b/w) quantity on 'monolithic architecture'.

A variety of architectural works lately accomplished across the world express a selected sensibility most sensible defined through the time period "monolithic". a few of these works have already bought a definite notoriety, basically due to their powerful actual presence in very important city settings. Others are nonetheless below building or haven't begun to be discovered. This e-book provides this debatable modern phenomenon to most of the people. having a look heavily at a number of constructions in Europe, Japan and the US, the essayists got down to outline monolithic structure in its greater context, trying to find its actual and conceptual roots in past occasions and providing explanation why such buildings either resolution convinced modern questions and galvanize emphatic public reaction. The works contain initiatives through such proven figures as Peter Eisenman (Max Reinhardt Haus, Berlin) and Rem Koolhaas (Sea exchange Centre, Zeebrugge, Belgium), in addition to through up-and-coming architects, similar to Herzog and de Meuron (Signal field, Basel, Switzerland) and Phillipe Samyn (Belgian Forestry division Shell, Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium). The tasks variety from grand public showcases (Jean Nouvel's Tokyo Opera apartment) to non-public houses (Ungers and Kinslow's T-House, Wilton, New York), hence demonstrating that monoliths usually are not easily enormous yet, quite, resonant of definite different qualities. those constructions basically proportion an severe financial system and straightforwardness of total shape; so much attribute is their means to convey super eloquence with only a few formal skill. a few undertake undemanding, undemanding configurations, others restrict extra gestural impulses to a transparent and unmarried utterance. so much comprise significant planimetric and sectional complexities inside of strict volumetric restraint. All have a monolithic personality that ostensibly defies present preoccupation with fragmentation and heterogeneity. This presentation of provocative yet lesser-known tasks through awesome figures at the modern architectural scene is a contribution to the continuing debate relating to shape - and formalism - in structure and an invaluable addition to each structure library. This booklet files an exhibition prepared via The Heinz Architectural Centre, The Carnegie Museum of artwork, Pittsburgh with Rodolfo Machado and Rodolphe el-Khoury serving as guest-curators.

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