Blur: the making of nothing
When the visionary American architectural team of Diller + Scofidio won a commission for Swiss EXPO 2002, they re-invented the tradition of designing spectacular buildings for World's Fairs by creating an empty one -- an ephemerally beautiful yet eerily vacant pavilion. Consisting of a mist formed by 30,000 fog nozzles mounted on an immense structure of steel cables, the Blur Building appears to float above a Swiss lake. It's a fabricated cloud, complete with a water bar.The book of Blur captures the experience of passing through this vaporous maze. Nearly 400 pages, including two double gatefolds, document every aspect of the project, from the first conceptual sketches to the computer-programmed "braincoats" to be worn by the estimated 10 million visitors to construction documents and news clippings. Even the shadowy title typography conveys the transitory essence of Diller + Scofidio's thought-provoking work. This unique book will be the permanent manifestation of the building, which will bedismantled,after the Expo closes.
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36 COOPER SQ acoustic Angel Deck architects architecture Arteplage Ben Rubin Blur Building bottled water braincoat central database server cloud coat columns configuration Crystal Geyser Dear diAx Direction Artistique display Dutrie Elizabeth Diller engineering exhibition experience Expo Expo.oi Extasia Fendt filters fog mass fog system fog test Forum Fujiko Nakaya glass box Grundriss his/her humidity installation interaction interface lake water Lawrence Weschler LED signs liter Sfr Liz Diller log-in station media platform media project Mee Industries Nakaya Natural Spring Water Nelly Wenger nozzles panorama pavilion Pedretti Pipilotti Rist produce proposal pumps Radio Frequency transceiver ramp real-time response RFID Ric Scofidio Ricardo Scofidio RTLS Rumlang scaffolding SCOFlDlO spectacle sponsor Stephane structure Sunrise Swiss Switzerland technologies Tele Danmark tensegrity tion Tod Machover transceiver vision visitor visual weather conditions wind X-Attachments Yverdon Yverdon-les-Bains zone