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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2010
Materials and effects are age-old themes of architecture.
Tectonics, joinery, and permanence are the key themes that
resurface over and over again in the theory and practice of
architecture. Now the grounds are fast shifting due to awesome
new tools available for architects.

Digital parametric design and manufacturing process has freed
"formal imagination" and "material imagination".
In this volume, use of materials and their aftermath
effects are pushed to edge. Using both emergent materials
and innovative application of conventional materials,
desired dynamic and adaptive formal/surface/spatial
effects are achieved.

Beginning with introductory essay by Prof. Kolarevic and
Prof. Klinger,the book introduces case studies of multiple
architects, researchers, and vendors. Key built projects by
Herzog de Meuron, SHoP, Barkow Leibinger, SANAA, OMA, etc
focus on the actual materiality and fabrication aspect.
Experimental projects are as much provoking, if not more,
as built projects.

This is a key publication (along with "Architecture in the
Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing", edited by Prof. Kolarevic)
for those who seek cutting-edge architectural technology,
innovative material application, and pioneering spatial effect-making.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
I bought this book for my friend, now he recommends me to read it. He said ' You will never know what I've found in it!', seems it really worth to have.
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