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Paradigms in Computing

By: admin | October - 22 - 2014

Paradigms in Computing

Title: Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture
Editors: Dr. David Jason Gerber, Mariana Ibañez
Cover: Hardback
Size: 7″ x 9.5″
Pages: 400
ISBN: 978-1938740091
Publication date:  October 2014

Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture brings together critical, theoretical, and practical research and design that illustrates the plurality of computing approaches within the broad spectrum of design and mediated practices. It is an interrogation of our primary field of architecture through the lens of computing, and yet one that realizes a productive expanding of our métier’s definition and boundaries. It is a compilation that purposefully promotes architecture’s disciplinary reach and incorporations beyond the design and construction of buildings and cities.

The book offers a glimpse into the wide range of positions and experiences that are shaping practice and discourse today. The work included in Paradigms in Computing is evidence that models for enquiry are many and proliferating. As digitalization and computation continue to infuse our processes with new tools and new design environments, some of the trends collected in this book will continue to be central to the production and speculation of architecture, and others will, in retrospect, be recognized as the seeds of new, or perhaps multiple, paradigms.

Included are essays and projects, from; Alisa Andrasek, Rachel Armstrong, Philip Beesley, Tom Bessai, Shajay Bhooshan, Brad Cantrel, Matias Del Campo, Pablo Eiroa, Marc Fornes, David Jason Gerber, Maria Paz Gutierrez, Alvin Huang, Jason Kelly Johnson, Simon Kim, Neil Leach, Greg Lynn, Elena and Anna Maria Manferdini, Alex McDowell, Phillippe Morel, Nick Puckett, Casey Reas, Alex Robinson, Jenny Sabin, Jose Sanchez, Patrik Schumacher, Kyle Steinfeld, Satoru Sugihara, Orkan Telhan, Kathy Velikov and Geoffrey Thun, Tom Verebes, Leire Asensio Villoria and David Mah, Jenny Wu, Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon, and Zaha Hadid Architects.

Editors

Dr. David Jason Gerber is an architect, educator, researcher and serial entrepreneur. His work in practice and academia innovates at the intersection of design, engineering, and computer science and brings to design and architecture enhanced exploration, integration and articulation through technology. Dr. Gerber is a professor of architecture and engineering with years of experience in the global practice of architecture, urban design, and technology research and development. His research and professional practice continues to be widely published, cited and exhibited internationally. Dr. Gerber has degrees from UC Berkeley, the Architectural Association in London, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and has held fellowships at MIT’s Media Lab and Harvard University.

Mariana Ibañez is an architect and designer with degrees from the University of Buenos Aires and the Architectural Association in London. She is a founding principal of Ibañez Kim Studio and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Mariana’s work has been exhibited and published in journals worldwide. In her practice and academics, Mariana focuses on the agenda of augmented environments and interactive design, exploring the relationship between space, material technology, computation and media in architecture and urbanism.

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Digital & Parametric Architecture

By: admin | July - 21 - 2014

eVolo_06: Digital & Parametric Architecture

Title: eVolo_06: Digital & Parametric Architecture
Cover: Perfect Bound
Size: 9″ x 12″
Pages: 312
ISSN: 1946-634x
ISBN: 978-1938740060

Digital & Parametric Architecture explores the development of the latest digital tools including advance-modeling software and computer aided design in the production of architecture. It is a journey through the most fascinating projects, digitally designed and fabricated, during the second decade of the 21st century. The book highlights the use of these technologies to explore tectonic operations such as sectioning, folding, contouring, and tessellating. A wide variety of projects that range in scale and location offer an insight into the architecture of the future.

Contributors: Benjamin Ball, Philip Beesley, Marcos Betanzos, Francesco Brenta, Dongyan Chen, Brandon Clifford, Raffaello D’Andrea, Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, Nataly Gattegno, Mark Goulthorpe, Michael Hansmeyer, Alvin Huang, Lisa Iwamoto, Jason Johnson, Alex Kaiser, Christoph Klemmt, Jan Knippers, Andrew Kudless, Magnis Larsson, Ilona Lénrd, Caroline Littlefield, Xiaodu Liu, Iain Maxwell, Wesley Mcgee, Yan Meng, Achim Menges, Andrew Michler, Kristine Mun, Gaston Nogues, Arthur Olson, Kas Oosterhuis, David Pigram, Steffen Reichert, Benjamin Rice, Craig Scott, Rajat Sodhi, Doris Sung, Ming Tang, Geoffrey Thun, Skylar Tibbits, Kathy Velikov, Dihua Yang.

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eVolo Skyscrapers 2 - Limited Edition Book

NOW AVAILABLE
ONLY 1000 COPIES WORLDWIDE

Cover: Hardcover
Size: 9″ x 12″ x 2.5″
Pages: 628
ISBN: 978-1938740053

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This publication is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. 150 new skyscrapers submitted to the eVolo Skyscraper Competition are categorized and examined. These super-tall structures take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city; including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

The book is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities. The designs respond to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.

The success of the competition relied on the expertise of world renowned jurors including: Chris Bosse, Vincent Callebaut, Julien De Smedt, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Marc Fornes, Florian Idenburg, Mitchell Joachim, Edward Keller, Jing Liu, Alexander Rieck, Francois Roche, Michel Rojkind, Roland Snooks, Tobias Wallisser, Tom Wiscombe, and Ma Yansong among many others.

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(IN)formal LA: The Space of Politics

By: admin | December - 1 - 2013

(IN)formal LA: The Space of Politics

Book Title: (IN)formal LA: The Space of Politics
Editor: Victor J. Jones
Cover: Perfect Bound
Size: 6″ x 9.5″ x 0.5″
Pages: 136
ISBN: 978-1-938740-04-6

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Often portrayed as a confluence of cars and movies, this book traces another course to uncover Los Angeles’ primal sources of creation – land and opportunity. Within the endless sprawl there reside flurries of uncodified spatial configurations that no high-definition map or satellite image can accurately capture nor present. (IN)formal LA explores a range of unique spatial practices and pedagogies through the lens of politics in Los Angeles. While this book articulates growing skepticism in current design discourse and education, it also provides a spatial awareness that is culturally rooted, socially responsive and vitally connected to the city. Composed of essays, photos, projects and interviews, (IN)formal LA embraces the quirky, celebrates the wide and embellishes the close range to expose the complex social organizations within this contemporary urban network. (IN)formal LA serves as both a textbook for classes in art and architecture, urban design, planning and theory in addition to responding to the increasing interest in the study of Los Angeles by scholars in other fields. The book provides an extended overview of the range and variety of urban issues that are critical to understanding present-day Los Angeles.

“As hard as it is to wrap the mind around the urban mosh pit known as Los Angeles, it is always comforting to think someone has given a knowing push toward deciphering its DNA. Victor Jones’s compilation of critical essays and native observations does just that. Every L.A. explorer needs a copy in his or her back pocket.” — Craig Hodgetts, partner of Hodgetts+Fung and professor of architecture, University of California, Los Angeles

“What form will the contemporary city, with all its fugitive qualities, continue to take? This book, with Los Angeles as the backdrop, tackles the question head on, adding ideas and dimension that will be relevant to the debates concerning all emerging cities.” — Michael Maltzan, principal of MMA and architect of Innercity Arts, Los Angeles

“The studio at the heart of this book, and the essays that circle around it, show how architectural practice and pedagogy can open up a space of possibility for more democratic and just forms of political life to emerge if we are willing to embrace and build upon their fragile yet persistent reverberations.” — Aron Vinegar, Director of Art History and Visual Culture, University of Exeter, UK and author of I AM A MONUMENT: On Learning from Las Vegas

Victor J. Jones is assistant professor of architecture at the University of Southern California. His research lies at the intersection of architecture, infrastructure and community building within cities.

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eVolo 05

By: admin | March - 27 - 2013
Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Title: eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture
Guest Editors: Juan Azulay (Matter Management), Benjamin Rice
Cover: Perfect Bound
Size: 9″ x 11.5″
Pages: 300
ISSN: 1946-634x
ISBN: 978-1938740039

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INTRODUCTION

Xenoculture is a term coined by Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani that describes the need for embracing and exploring the unexpected, the alien. In this issue we borrow the idea and explore the realm of Architecture Xenoculture — the work of architects and designers who detach from everything that architecture is supposed to be and look like, including preconceived forms and aesthetics, to look into new architectural and design possibilities. An architectural form that emerges from mathematical processes and new material explorations and proposes something never before seen — an aesthetic yet to be determined.

Some of the work showcased has been produced by leading architecture practitioners and academics worldwide including: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Servo, Francois Roche, Marc Fornes, Kokkugia, Zaha Hadid, Volkan Alkanoglu, and Rafael Lozano among others.

Architecture Xenoculture is the problematization of work produced by embracing the proliferation of this mist of fear. It argues for the harnessing of this aesthetic of fear towards a yet-to-be determined end – intensifying its practice towards new thresholds, those that unleash the potential of the alien in the world beyond the limited imaginary we have become anesthetized to, conjuring insecure material and behavioral manifestations of the xeno-gene and its ability to adapt, mutate, survive and fight.

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eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Two Volumes + Presentation Box

 

Contents: Two Hardcover Volumes with Presentation Box.
Edition: Only 150 Copies Available.
ISBN: 978-1-938740-00-8
First Hardcover Volume: Technological Advances, Ecological Urbanism, and New Frontiers. 624 pages.
Second Hardcover Volume: Social Solutions, Morphotectonic Aesthetics, and Urban Theories and Strategies. 608 pages.
Price: $150

This publication is the Collector’s Edition of the highly praised book EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS – currently sold out and out of print. This final edition consists of two hardcover volumes and presentation box. Only 150 copies available for the discerning collector.

EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS includes the best 300 skyscrapers submitted to the eVolo Skyscraper Competition since 2006.

- “the next generation of big buildings…the new book compiles 300 of these plans, divided into categories like technological advances, ecological urbanism and social solutions. Some of the designs tackle familiar problems, like the need for parking space, but others are more forward-looking, like buildings that incorporate robotics or are capable of flying”. — Wall Street Journal

- “EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS provides futuristic concepts and architectural eye candy for hours on end and allows a fascinating glimpse into the (possible) future of high-rise architecture, urbanism, and the city as we know it.” — Archinect

- “. . . a great stroll through the ideas and imagery that are occupying students and young architects today.” — A Daily Dose of Architecture

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INTRODUCTION

Established in 2006, the eVolo Skyscraper Competition has become the world’s most prestigious award for high-rise architecture. The contest recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. Studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements of the competition. It is an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities.

Over the last six years, an international panel of renowned architects, engineers, and city planners have reviewed more than 4,000 projects submitted from 168 countries around the world. Participants include professional architects and designers, as well as students and artists. This book is the compilation of 300 outstanding projects selected for their innovative concepts that challenge the way we understand architecture and their relationship with the natural and built environments.

The projects have been organized in six chapters that describe the current position and the future of vertical architecture and urbanism. The first chapter,Technological Advances, is an investigation on the use of digital tools and computing fabrication. Ecological Urbanism explores sustainable systems, including new materials and clean energy generation processes to achieve zero-net-energy buildings. Projects that analyze the reconfiguration of existing cities and the colonization of new environments, such as underwater cities and floating habitats, are part of New Frontiers.  The improvement of our way of living is the topic of the fourth chapter, Social Solutions, which is a collection of ideas that respond to social, cultural, and economic problems. A more experimental approach to architectural design is exposed in Morphotectonic Aesthetics, with proposals that use fields of data and self-regulating systems to respond to internal and external stimuli -the results are fascinating explorations of function and form. Finally, Urban Theories and Strategies is a group of projects that establish new methods to alleviate the major problems of the contemporary city, including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure, and the exponential increase of inhabitants.

The eVolo Skyscraper Competition is a forum for the discussion, debate, and development of avant-garde architectural design in the 21st century. eVolo is committed to stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that envision the future of our cities and a new way of life.

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Two Volumes + Presentation Box

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Two Hardcase Volumes / Front

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Two Hardcase Volumes / Back

 

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 1 - 624 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Volume 2 - 604 pages

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Presentation Box / Front

eVolo Skyscrapers Collector's Edition - Presentation Box / Back

 

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Front - eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition Poster

We are pleased to announce a new limited edition publication – the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition Poster that showcases 620 innovative projects submitted to the contest (all authors’ names and countries of origin are included in the publication).

We hope you enjoy this publication that intends to become the reference for outstanding vertical architecture in the world – a glimpse to the future of building high!

Size: 32″ x 24″
Double Sided: 310 projects per side (620 total)
ISBN: 978-1938740022
Limited Edition: 1000 copies
Price: $9.99

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eVolo 04

By: admin | July - 1 - 2012

eVolo_04: Re-imagining the Contemporary Museum, Exhibition & Performance Space

Title: eVolo_04: Re-imagining the Contemporary Museum, Exhibition & Performance Space
Cover: Perfect Bound
Size: 9″ x 11.5″
Pages: 192
ISSN: 1946-634x
ISBN: 978-1938740039

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INTRODUCTION

The architecture for performance and exhibition, being museums, galleries, music halls, pavilions, etc., has been in the leading edge of architectural innovation throughout the history and evolution of the discipline. Architects and designers experiment on new aesthetics, concepts, and ideas with projects that tend to have a flexible program and a large budget. In many cases, the main requirement of such structures is not only to accommodate a specific program but also to inspire the imagination of its users and challenge the current state of architectural design. Some examples, such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao by Frank Gehry or the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon are considered design masterpieces of the 20th Century. Gehry’s Museum transformed the city of Bilbao from a small industrial Spanish city into a world destination, while Utzon’s Opera House become the symbol of Sydney and Australia.

This issue of eVolo studies the most innovative examples of performance and exhibition architecture today. These are projects that revolutionize architecture on many levels, including sustainability, aesthetics, technology, and urban design. It is interesting to point out that these works are not concentrated in one specific region, but are located in every corner of the globe; from MVRDV’s Comic and Animation Museum in China, to the new Broad Museum in Los Angeles by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, or Kengo Kuma’s Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »

Title: EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS

Cover: Hardcover
Size: 9″ x 11.5″ x 2.5″
Pages: 1224 
ISBN: 978-0-9816658-4-9
Limited edition: 500 copies
Second printing: Printed on demand. To be delivered in July 2012
Price: $120 – Includes shipping to any part in the world.

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INTRODUCTION 

Established in 2006, the eVolo Skyscraper Competition has become the world’s most prestigious award for high-rise architecture. The contest recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. Studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements of the competition. It is an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities.

Over the last six years, an international panel of renowned architects, engineers, and city planners have reviewed more than 4,000 projects submitted from 168 countries around the world. Participants include professional architects and designers, as well as students and artists. This book is the compilation of 300 outstanding projects selected for their innovative concepts that challenge the way we understand architecture and their relationship with the natural and built environments. Read the rest of this entry »

eVolo 03

By: admin | October - 27 - 2010

 

eVolo_03: Cities of Tomorrow

Title: eVolo_03: Cities of Tomorrow
Cover: Perfect Bound
Size: 9″ x 11.5″
Pages: 130
ISSN: 1946-634x
ISBN: 978-0981665832

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How do we imagine the cities of tomorrow? This is one of the most difficult questions that architects, designers, and urban planners need to answer in a time where more than half of the world’s population lives in urban settlements – a mere century ago only ten percent did.

In this issue we examine innovative urban proposals that will transform the way we live; projects that preserve the natural landscape with integral architecture and urbanism with deep connections to site, culture, and environment. These are concepts of hybrid urbanism that offer a juxtaposition of programs to live, work, and play for a hyper-mobile population.

Arup Biomimetics
AS/D
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
MAD Architects
Matter Management
MONAD Studio
NH Architecture
Rag Urbanism
Rojkind Arquitectos
SOFTlab
Ted Givens
Terreform One
Trahan Architects
UNStudio
Vincent Callebaut
Will Alsop
WOHA Studio

2010 Skyscraper Competition
Australia in 2050
Urban Visions: 1850 – 2100

Essays and Interviews

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