Groundscapes: el reencuentro con el suelo en la arquitectura contemporánea

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G. Gili, 2006 - Architecture - 203 pages
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Groundscapes explores the 'comeback' of the idea of the ground onto the scene of contemporary architecture. With the decline of heroic modernism in the late 1960s a new generation of architects eager to discover this forbidden land initiated a reterritorialisation of architecture which continues today. As a consequence, we can understand built space and ground space no longer as opposites but as equal elements of the architectural body. Ilka Ruby is an architect and Andreas Ruby is an architectural critic and theorist. Since founding their office textbild in 2001 they have been committed to a cultural engineering of the discourse on contemporary architecture, writing texts, designing books, curating exhibitions, consulting architects and organising architectural symposia for a wide array of cultural and corporate clients. Their publications include Images. A Picture Book of Architecture (Prestel, 2004), The Challenge of Suburbia (Wiley-Academy, 2004) and Hans Scharoun: Haus Moeller (Walther Koenig, 2004). They have been teaching architecture at a variety of universities in Europe. Currently they are visiting critics at Cornell University. For more information see

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Introducción 9 Introduction
Despegado del suelo 32 Lifted off the ground
Enterrado en el suelo 48 Embedded in the ground

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About the author (2006)

Ruby studied Architecture at RWTH Aachen, Germany. After practicing as an architect for some years, she now works as a graphic designer, editor, and writer.

Andreas Ruby studied History of Art at University of Cologne/Germany before undertaking post-graduate studies on the Theory and History of Architecture at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture Paris with Paul Virilio and at Columbia University New York with Bernard Tschumi. Prior to their collaboration at textbild, Andreas Ruby made his name as an architectural critic and theorist publishing regularly in international architectural magazines such as Assemblage (USA), A+U (Japan), Archis (Netherlands), DAIDALOS (Germany/USA), Bauwelt (Germany), Architektur Aktuell (Austria), Werk, Bauen + Wohnen (Switzerland) and many others. He also contributes regularly to major general public daily newspapers such as DIE ZEIT.

Ilka Ruby studied Architecture at RWTH Aachen/Germany. After practicing as an architect for some years, she now works as an editor, writer and graphic designer. In 2001, Andreas and Ilka Ruby set up their joint agency as a production facility for both publishing architectural books, magazines, essays, curating exhibitions and consulting architects.

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