Nanoarchitecture: A New Species of Architecture

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Princeton Architectural Press, 2002 - Architecture - 159 pages
John Johansen, now 85 years old, has been one of the preeminent architects in the United States for more than half a century. After studying under Walter Gropius (who became his father-in-law) at Harvard, he embarked on an extraordinary career marked by experimental domestic and public design. Since retiring from practice, Johansen has devoted himself to producing futuristic architecture that looks to the newest technologies science has to offer--from nanotechnology to magnetic levitation to material science--for its inspiration. Nanoarchitecture presents eleven of Johansen's most inspired visions. A floating conference center, an apartment building that sprouts from the earth and grows on its own, and a levitating auditorium all demonstrate Johansen's capricious yet thought-provoking ideas. Taken together, they offer an antidote to much of today's form-driven practice. The projects in Nanoarchitecture are presented through a series of idiosyncratic models, drawings, and computer animations suggesting what it would be like to inhabit these fantastic spaces. Nanoarchitecture is designed by the award-winning practice COMA."[Johansen] points toward the creation of a new vernacular, a new fabric of space and time in which modern experience can increase, expand, and deepen." --Lebbeus Woods
 

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Contents

PREFACE
7
KEVlN С LlPPERT
9
THE NEW SPEClES OF ARCHlTECTURE
22
PARTNERS lN SPRlNG
24
FROTH OF BUBBLES
29
048
49
MAGLEV THEATER
69
SPACE LABYRlNTH
88
AlR QUlLT
96
FLOATlNG CONFERENCE CENTER
101
FLOATlNG HOUSE
116
MOLECULAR ENGlNEERED HOUSE
132
MULTlSTORY APARTMENT BUlLDlNG
140
A DlSCOURSE
151
EPlLOGUE
159
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
160

METAMORPHlC CAPSULE
90

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John M. Johansen is an architectural visionary whose built works around the world include the US Embassy in Dublin. He lives in Stanfordville, NY.Lebbeus Woods is widely regarded as the most exciting and original architectural visionary today. His body of theoretical work and extraordinary drawings have served as inspiration for architects, artists, and legions of students.

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