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Oscar Riera Ojeda
Rockport, 2003 - Architecture - 190 pages
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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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User Review  - janemarieprice - LibraryThing

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.
Page 12 - But suddenly you touch my heart; you moke me feel good. I am happy. I say: it's beautiful. This is architecture. It is...

About the author (2003)

Mark Pasnik (top left) received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 1994 and a Master in Design Studies (theory concentration) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1995. Following graduation, he joined Machado and Silvetti Associates in Boston, where he was named an associate in 2000. In addition to his professional work, he regularly teaches design studios and history courses at Northeastern University and was a member of the editorial staff of Assemblage from 1995 through 2000. His most recent writings appear in Architectural Record and the Cornell Journal of Architecture Oscar Riera Ojeda was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1966. He is an editor and designer who practices worldwide from his Boston and New York offices 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 was has been published in architecture magazines around the world

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