Materials

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Rockport, 2003 - Architecture - 190 pages

This new series examines the role of details in contemporary architecture through the work of many emerging and established practitioners whose designs speak sensitively and energetically at the small scale. The collection presents these details in photographs, accompanied by working drawings, sketches, an introductory essay, and captions that explain how the elements were conceived and built.

The details presented are often beautiful telltales of a designer's thoughts, scaled to our eye, made physical to the touch of our hand. These crafted moments remind us that architecture can be a subtle and powerful force--played out in some cases by evoking historical motifs, in others by radical experimentation with new materials. But more than a simple catalogue of ideas, these details are ultimately shown as individual expressions of discovery, gestures of delight or severity, of beauty and clarity. They are meaningful indications of the architect's presence--more than all else, willful signs that the true craft of design is alive and well.

"Materials" examines a wide spectrum of architectural palettes, from traditional materials used in innovative ways to the testing of new substances that alter the meaning of historic forms. The images demonstrate the use of single materials throughout a space as well as the joining of multiple components in one place. These details exemplify projects in which patterns, textures, color, and surface qualities contribute ingeniously to the character of the architecture around them.

 

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This book has some interesting details and beautiful photographs arranged by material type. There is nothing spectacular but is good for some inspiration. The detail drawings are interesting but not always clear. Read full review

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This book has some interesting details and beautiful photographs arranged by material type. There is nothing spectacular but is good for some inspiration. The detail drawings are interesting but not always clear. Read full review

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Page 12 - ... dematerialisation of surfaces, which often occurs with additive construction methods using layered materials, has been avoided. Reduced to static essentials, and to what we want and need in terms of functions and use. the construction, material, and visual form of the building constitute a unified whole. The building is exactly what we see and touch, exactly what we feel beneath our feet: a cast concrete. stony body.
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About the author (2003)

Oscar Riera Ojeda is an editor and graphic designer based in Boston and New York

Paul Warchol was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1954. He studied art with a major in photography at the Cooper Union School of Art and has been photographing architecture since 1978. His work has been published in architecture since 1978. His work has been published in architecture magazines around the world and has recently been the focus of a series of books on architecture and design by the Italian editor and publisher Edizione L'Archivolto. In 1998 he worked with Mayer Rus, editor at Interior Design, on LOFT, a volume on the phenomenon of transforming industrial living space in New York. Paul's photography was exhibited in 1995 at Columbia University's Avery Hall in New York, and in the spring of 1996, it was the focus of a one-man exhibition entitled A Recent View of Architecture at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Mark Pasnik is an associate at the Boston architecture firm Machado and Silvetti Associates. He teaches regularly at Northeastern University and in a contributor to many architectural magazines including Architectural Record and Cornell Journal of Architecture. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

James McCown is a writer and marketing executive. He serves as architecture critic for" Boston" magazine and also writes regularly for "Architecture, Art New England, " and "Architecture Boston". He holds a B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans and is completing a masteras degree in the history of art and architecture at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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