Reiser + Umemoto: recent projects

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Academy Editions, Aug 31, 1998 - Architecture - 95 pages
The work of New York-based architects Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto is increasingly attracting international praise. In the words of Daniel Libeskind, their work is inspiring characterised by an inventive constellation of amazing objects which raise questions about the chaotic disorder of institutionalised arrangements. This monograph focuses on recent works of Reiser + Umemoto which convey the freeing of geometry brought about by the extensive use of the computer within architectural design. The authors are significant exponents of this genre of innovative work, and in this book provide invaluable insight into recent developments in architectural theory and design. Andrew Benjamins essay, Opening Resisting Forms, provides a comprehensive exposition of Reiser + Umemotos most recent work, elucidating the significance of their projects in wider cultural and philosophical terms. Among the projects covered in depth are their proposals for the Cardiff Bay Opera House, Yokohama Port Terminal, Kansai Library, and a Water Garden in Columbus, Ohio, for which the practice won a Progressive Architecture Award for Visionary Design in 1998. In addition, the book combines a portfolio of Reiser + Umemotos built projects with the writings of the architects themselves, thus illuminating what Reiser + Umemoto term the horizontal relationship between theory and practice

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Foreword Daniel Libeskind
Opening Resisting Forms Andrew Benjamin
Loose Fit Jesse Reiser

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Libeskind is a practicing architect.

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