Surface Architecture (MIT Press)

Surface Architecture (MIT Press)

David Leatherbarrow


Visually, many modern structures both mirror their structures of construction or recall prior types and motifs. This department among construction and illustration is in many ways an extension of that among modernity and culture. during this e-book, David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi discover ways in which layout can reap the benefits of construction equipment such that structure is neither self reliant of nor ruled by way of technology.Leatherbarrow and Mostafavi start with the theoretical and useful isolation of the development floor because the topic of architectural layout. The autonomy of the skin, the "free facade," presumes a contrast among the structural and nonstructural components of the construction, among the body and the cladding. as soon as the outside of the development turned autonomous of its constitution, it could actually simply to boot dangle like a curtain, or like garments. the point of interest of the connection among constitution and dermis is the architectural floor. In tracing the dealing with of this floor, the authors learn either modern structures and people of the new prior. Architects mentioned contain Albert Kahn, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Alison and Peter Smithson, Alejandro de l. a. Sota, Robert Venturi, Jacques Herzog, and Pierre de Meuron.The houses of a building's floor -- if it is made up of concrete, steel, glass, or different fabrics -- usually are not simply superficial; they build the spatial results wherein structure communicates. via its surfaces a development publicizes either its autonomy and its participation in its surroundings.

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