Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Book Review...Provisional

The success of this book is that it clearly illustrates a variety of very distinct modes of building a young architectural practice. Each mode/firm is different in that that they focus on very unique aspects of the architectural process or profession from visualization, consulting, design build, exhibition design, information design, et cetera - et cetera.

The book is broken up into several sections whereby the firms are first interviewed about there opinions on architecture and their personal working methodology; after which, they then illustrate these concepts through early schematic diagrams, working drawings, and construction photos.

I really appreciate the systematic approach to this book an how it allows the reader a clear understanding of the differences and similarities between the nine firms overall working methodology, schematic approach, project documentation, and process of construction.

After reading this book I came away with a much greater excitement for the future of the architectural profession. I highly recommend reading it.

Amazon Information:

Product Description:

Provisional profiles nine of the United States' most exciting architectural practices. They all share a pragmatic, 'roll-up-your-sleeves' approach that seeks opportunities to redefine the role of craft in architectural practice. Enlightening interviews together with a selection of drawings, diagrams, models, renderings, and building process photographs reveal a shared commitment to experimentation and learning-by-doing. Projects by SHoP Architects, Front Studio, Gehry Technologies, Lewis.Tsurumaki. Lewis, H weler + Yoon Architecture, nARCHITECTS, servo, GYA Architects, and Chris Hoxie Design are included as well as the following projects: Beijing National Stadium, China Central Television (CCTV) Station and Headquarters (Beijing), Dee and Charles Wyly Theater (Dallas); FutureGen Power Plant (Illinois); Highline HL23 (New York City); and the Olympic Sculpture Park (Seattle).

Paperback: 288 pages
Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (October 7, 2009)
Product Dimensions:
10.7 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches

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