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Combinatory Urbanism : A Realignment of Complex Behavior and Collective Form Flexibound – 2011

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"The book is nothing short of a tour de force and should be required reading for landscape urbanists and landscape architects. Students and general audiences of design and planning will find it difficult to go back into their disciplinary silos."
-Alan Berger, MIT

"Combinatory Urbanism delves into armatures and manouvers which is what an urban mechanism-a city-is made up of. Looking at structure, not style, Mayne actually inhabits style-if we redefine the word to suggest invention engaging with logic. In so doing, he creates new categories of 'place'."
-Peter Cook

"Mayne has produced a powerful view of how an architect can re-envision the city. Combinatory Urbanism is not just an architect's summary of his latest or greatest projects, but a true challenge to all of us in the design community-to think differently, challenge the norms, and seek new ground in the form of open collaborations for re-envisioning the city."
-Philip Enquist, SOM

"The Swiss build the Gottard tunnel; the Chinese move the Yellow River; the Koreans suggest connecting the Han and the Nakdong; and someone whispers re-build the Mississippi Delta. Combinatory Architecture is Combinatory Urbanism: colossal scale; sophisticated technique; re-imagined environments; re-invented sociologies. Mayne's collective form points the circuitous way."
-Eric Moss, Director, SCI-Arc

"Not since Urbanisme or Learning from Las Vegas have the stakes for urban design been raised so quickly and so high."
-Albert Pope, Rice University

"Combinatory Urbanism is a perfect example of why Mayne continues to stay on the cutting edge of architecture and urban planning. Educators and students alike should take note of Mayne's innovative approach to creating a more sustainable, just, economically productive society."
-Jeremy Rifkin, The Foundation on Economic Trends

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Stray Dog Cafe ( www.straydog- (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983076308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983076308
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lebbeus Woods on July 17, 2011
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For some years, Thom Mayne and Morphosis have been shaking up the world of architecture with their dramatically original buildings, but now they take their innovative approach one big notch higher, integrating urban planning and architecture in a lucid new method of design. Combinatory Urbanism lays out the philosophy and techniques of the method, as well as giving many detailed examples from their growing number of large-scale projects. This has the potential to be a real game-changer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marichal on February 4, 2013
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Great book, with incredible ideas and organized, clean presentation. Even if you are of of those Morphosis critics that do not necessarily agree with their style; you can take alot from the way their analysis is done and presented, the way their ideas evolve and how they respond to context.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim C. (GSAPP Columbia University) on February 16, 2013
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Written by Thom Mayne of Morphosis, this is a study of the urban environment and how architecture and urban planning hold a relationship that co-exist and are dependent on each other. The graphics are rich and beautiful, and I would recommend for those who are interested in laying out a graphic portfolio relative to urban planning, this is a book you must buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Levine on November 26, 2013
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This was a great buy for any architecture and urbanism enthusiast! Morphosis does a great job graphically laying out their urban projects with a clear focus on their combinatory approach to design. I bought this while doing thesis research for my M.Arch and it was a great value!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Martin on June 13, 2012
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Recommend this book to all practitioners and student's pursuing a thesis project to understand not only presentation, but also how to articulate an idea. Morphosis' describes their analysis of "complex behavior of collective form"--building on questions posed over the last 50 years by urban and systems theorists such as Jane Jacobs, Fumihiko Maki, and James Gleick. Mayne proposes a new operating paradigm--"combinatory urbanism"--characterized by finding a balance among the often contradictory forces at work in urban growth. Building on ideas he's pursued for many years, this book is a great addition for any architecture library.
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Great illustrations. Thom is really moving architecture in the write direction. He's a 'star' architect that people should look up to, not necessarily based on aesthetics, but as one whom actually understands the core of what are architecture of today needs to respond to.
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By Katie Peksa on September 12, 2013
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Amazing Graphics! Great read! I refer to this book all the time when making graphics of my own. Mayne has effective simple ways of portraying information!
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