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Source Books in Architecture

Stan Allen: Four Projects

The Source Books in Architecture series documents the work of the Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professors at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. While previous books have addressed a single project of the Baumer Professor, this one has a slightly different focus. Stan Allen was the Baumer Professor at the school in 2012–13, and this book documents projects that were discussed during Allen’s seminar as well as the theoretical position that Allen began to articulate with Field Conditions in 1996. Twenty years is a remarkable duration for a contemporary architectural position to hold the interest of its author and audience. Since the publication of Field Conditions, advances in digital technology have led to an exhaustive range of experimentation, refinement, and finally, factions in design style and strategy. Expressive form and gymnastic geometry are now available to even novice designers, and have worked their way into popular culture and onto the wish lists of public and private clients. While digital advances have expanded architecture’s lexicon, their seductive potential has sometimes trumped architecture’s performance beyond the iconographic. Fatigue and forgetfulness, in such cases, displace architecture’s broader cultural potential. It is noteworthy that Allen’s project has progressed in parallel with and taken advantage of digital developments. However, the digital project may have run its course as an independent trajectory. This book provides evidence that Allen’s project endures through new realizations and applications. Published April 1, 2017

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Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585

For nearly three decades, Eric Owen Moss Architects has been at work transforming the former industrial area of the Hayden Tract in Culver City, California into one of the most highly concentrated centers of architectural experimentation in the world. Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585 offers a unique look into the mind and method of one of the most important architects working today through a comprehensive presentation of three schemes designed for a single site in the Hayden Tract since 1991. The book traces the intellectual odyssey of Moss’s forty year career with a comprehensive presentation of the twenty-five year process that led to his recently completed Cactus Tower and Waffle. A wealth of sketches, drawings, models, renderings, working drawings, and extensive photographic documentation provides valuable insight into the cultural and technical complexities at the heart of Moss’s provocative architecture. Published April 1, 2016

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Eisenman Architects / University of Phoenix Stadium

The basic form of the American sports stadium has not changed much in the last century. But in an unexpected and controversial act of daring, the Arizona Cardinals football team selected awarding-winning architect and intellectual provocateur Peter Eisenman to design their stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Opened in the summer of 2006, Eisenman''s latest work rejects all traditional and staid notions of the sports stadium. Inspired by and sectioned like a barrel cactus, its shell is composed of huge, steel paraboloid sections. The domed stadium boasts a steel-and-fabric retractable roof that allows light to penetrate when closed while maintaining an airy feel inside. The most groundbreaking feature of the design is its grass rollout field, which remains outside the stadium until game time, when it is rolled in on steel wheel sets powered by small electric motors. Eisenman Architects, the eighth volume in the Source Books in Architecture series, provides a comprehensive look at a contemporary masterpiece and a landmark of excellence in civic and sports architecture. Published October 1, 2007

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Zaha Hadid/BMW Central Building

Zaha Hadid's highly inventive and seemingly unbuildable designs have always defied conventional ideas of architectural space and construction. The BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany, a recent addition to her visionary, gravity-defying, fearlessly bold, and rapidly increasing body of built work, succeeds in creating space through lines of motion. The heart of the BMW factory complex, the Central Building is the dynamic focal point of the entire plant that visually, physically, and experientially sustains a sense of animation. With the constant movement supplied by employees, visitors, and automobiles and its audacious, abstracted geometry of forms and lines, the structure challenges the notion of building as a static art. Zaha Hadid, the 2004 Pritzker Prize Laureate and the first woman to receive the honor, is celebrated for her unbuilt works as well as her built works, including the Phaeno Science Center (Wolfsburg, Germany), Rosenthal Center of Contemporary Art (Cincinnati, Ohio), Bergisel Ski Jump (Innsbruck, Austria), and Vitra Fire Station (Weil am Rhein, Germany). Zaha Hadid / BMW Central Building, the seventh volume in the Source Books in Architecture series, provides a comprehensive look at a contemporary masterpiece that reveals the implementation of an architect''''s inspiration into reality. The extensive photographic documentation of the construction and finished project is accompanied by an exhaustive graphic presentation of sketches, models, renderings, and working drawings as well as interviews with Hadid that examine both the technical and cultural significance of this important structure. Published September 1, 2006

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Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam Architects / Knowlton Hall

Some buildings are famous. Others deserve to be, but in their modesty remain satisfied to stand simply as excellent works of architecture. Such is the case with Ohio State University School of Architecture recently completed Knowlton Hall. Designed by the internationally respected firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam, Knowlton manages to project both a monumental physicality and a sense of subdued elegance. Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects / Knowlton Hall provides a comprehensive look at this impressive new work using sketches, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs. As with all of the books in the Source Books in Architecture series, it is accompanied by commentaries from the architects and critics who explore both the technical and contextual elements of the work. Published October 1, 2005

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Steven Holl / Simmons Hall

With its striking, gridded facade and amoeba-shaped internal cavities, Steven Holl''s new dormitory for MIT, Simmons Hall, is without question one of the most original and idiosyncratic architectural statements of recent memory. A veritable catalog of ideas - from the use of color to experimentation with form and materials - Simmons Hall is an essay in architectural imagination by one of the profession''s most celebrated practitioners.This detailed monograph will allow readers to deconstruct this complex marvel of modern design and construction. Steven Holl Architects/Simmons Hall is documented with sketches, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs at a level of detail that allow complete and careful study of the project. Commentary by the architect and design critics explores both the technical aspects and cultural contexts of the building. Published October 1, 2004

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UN Studio / Erasmus Bridge

UN Studio/Erasmus Bridge explores the eponymous Rotterdam bridge that brought UN Studio, the Dutch firm of Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, into the architectural spotlight. This volume features extensive photographic documentation by Hans Jurgen Commerell. Published March 1, 2004

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Bernard Tschumi/Zenith de Rouen

Source Books in Architecture is a new series focusing on new single works by significant architects. Sponsored by Ohio State University, the series reveals the architectural motivations and techniques behind each building. The Source Books document each work with sketches, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs at a level of detail that allows complete and careful study of the project from its conception to the completion of design and construction of the musical score to the architect''s symphony. The graphic component is accompanied by commentary from the architect and critics to further explore both the technical and cultural content of the work. The intensity and timelessness of Bernard Tschumi/Zenith de Rouen provides a detailed presentation of Bernard Tschumi''s recently completed concert hall and exhibition complex in Rouen, France. Published September 1, 2003

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The Light Construction Reader

The exhibition "Light Construction," held at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1995, maintains a lasting influence on contemporary architecture. The show raised crucial questions about the role of materials, the nature of architectural effects, and the legacy of modernism. The second volume of the Source Books in Architecture series, The Light Construction Reader is an ambitious collection of twenty-eight essays that explores the themes and issues surrounding this important exhibition. Included here are essays by exhibition curator Terence Riley as well as noted architects and critics such as Peter Eisenman, Anthony Vidler, Greg Lynn, Robin Evans, Colin Rowe, and Robert Slutzky. Also represented are Italo Calvino, Jacques Derrida, Jean Starobinski, and many others. Published November 1, 2002

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Morphosis / Diamond Ranch High School

Morphosis/Diamond Ranch High School presents a detailed story of the design and construction of a single building, Diamond Ranch High School by avant-garde California architecture firm Morphosis. The volume opens with an interview with Thom Mayne, founder and principal of Morphosis and winner of the 2005 Pritzker Prize. The interview outlines Mayne''s working methods and chronicles his development as an architect from his years as a student through the realization of such influential projects as the widely published Crawford House. The presentation of Diamond Ranch High School, a state-of-the-art public school in Pomona, California, offers a level of detail not normally found in architectural monographs. Here every crucial architectural decision is extensively illustrated with conceptual sketches, key working drawings, and photographs of the project under construction and after completion. Published May 17, 2001

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