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  • in conversation: Diana BALMORI & Barry BERGDOLL.
    new york NEW YORK

    Diana Balmori visits the Strand to chat about Drawing and Reinventing Landscape with the MoMA’s architecture curator, Barry Bergdoll. Diana’s book examines digital, analog, and hybrid methods of of representing landscape and places contemporary landscape architecture within its fascinating historical context. . . .

    in conversation: Diana BALORI, “Drawing and Reinventing Landscape: A conversation with MoMa’s architecture curator Barry Bergdoll.”
    Wednesday, 11/05
    7.00–8.00 p.m. / Strand Bookstore, third-floor Rare Book Room
    828 Broadway at 12th Street
    New York, NY 10003

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  • Antoine PICON, ed., Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity.
    2013

    Though inextricably linked with digital tools and culture, Antoine Picon argues that some significant traits in ornament persist from earlier Western architectural traditions. These he defines as the “subjective”—the human interaction that ornament requires in both its production and its reception—and the political. . . . By bringing previous traditions in ornament under scrutiny, Picon makes us question the political issues at stake in today’s ornamental revival. . . .

  • HENSEL, MENGES, & HIGHT, eds., Space Reader.
    2009

    The “Space Reader” provides a highly pertinent and contemporary understanding of space for a new generation of students and architects. It espouses a definition of space that is heterogeneous (an object or system consisting of a diverse range of different items). . . . With the onset of globalisation and the Web, heterogeneneous space, with its emphasis on differentiation, is more relevant to the contemporary condition, which encourages the mixing of space, than a much more static conception of Modernist space.

  • Mario CARPO, ed., The Digital Turn in Architecture.
    2012

    Now almost 20 years old, the digital turn in architecture has already gone through several stages and phases. Architectural Design (AD) has captured them all—from folding to cyberspace, nonlinearity and hypersurfaces, from versioning to scripting, emergence, information modelling and parametricism. . . . This anthology of AD’s most salient articles is chronologically and thematically arranged to provide a complete historical timeline of the recent rise to pre-eminence of computer-based design and production. . . .

  • Peter COOK, ed., Drawing: The Motive Force of Architecture.
    2008

    Focusing on the creative and inventive significance of drawing for architecture, Drawing highlights the work of key contemporary figures who have, through their drawn work, affected the course of architectural thinking. Bringing this together is a chapter-by-chapter series of essays that broadly charts the forward movement and expansion of drawing iconography, techniques and methodologies. . . .

  • versatility and vicissitude
    2008

    AD: this third ad by the guest-editors of the highly successful emergence and techniques and technologies in morphogenetic design titles shifts the morpho-ecological design project into the realm of performance.

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  • ten books on architecture
    2007

    AD: this issue of ad extrapolates current design tendencies and brings them together to present a new type of architecture, one that is seamlessly tying processes, space, structure and material together with a self-assured beauty. ‘elegance’ here is cast with a new contemporary meaning as it is applied to work that is effortlessly complex. . . . .

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  • techniques and technologies in morphogenetic design
    2006

    AD: emergence requires the recognition of architectural structures not as singular and fixed bodies, but as complex energy and material systems that have a lifespan, exist as part of the environment of other active systems, and as an iteration of a series that proceeds by evolutionary development.

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  • emergence
    2004

    AD: emergence, or evolutionary optimisation, is an important new concept that in recent years has been applied to artificial intelligence, information theory, digital technology, economics, climate studies, material science and biometric engineering. in an architectural context it involves harnessing evolutionary processes for not only the design of buildings, but also the composition of new materials and structural design. in so doing, architecture is aspiring to a new level of complexity as it seeks to match the restless perfection of systems in the natural world.

    includes interviews with frei otto; farshid moussavi and alejandro zaera polo of foreign office architects (foa); and charles walker, leader of the advanced geometry unit (agu) at arup.