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Urbanisms: Working with Doubt Hardcover – November 4, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1568986791 ISBN-10: 1568986793 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568986793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568986791
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...this thoughtful book, and the remarkable urban designs so compellingly presented therein, together form one of the most optimistic arguments for the importance of the city in both global and local culture, and the part architecture can play in the evolution of the contemporary city. While Holl calls for radical changes in the way we build in the city, in order to address the ecological imperatives now necessary for sustaining our survival, he also presents a series of optimistic, innovative, and inspiring designs that imagine enriching urban life in entirely new ways." --Robert McCarter

"Steven Holl Architects has just announced the release of a new book, Urbanisms: Working with Doubt." --Archinnovations

"Both an architectural monograph and an academic critique on practices of architecture and city-making, Steven Holl's Urbanisms offers an alternative to dependency on the diagram through explorations of phenomenology (sensory reactions to spatial qualities), poetry and acceptance of the unknown. `Working with Doubt' is a jarring concept in the context of our romanticizations. With the awe of a pioneer scientist, Holl makes his point that the paradigm of architecture has changed, and an element of doubt is key." --re:place Magazine

"Contemporary urban development is increasingly characterized by a reliance on diagrams to convey the rational statistical point of view of the professional urban planner.

In his new book Urbanisms architect Steven Holl suggests that just as modern medicine has recognized the power of the irrational psyche urban planners need to realize that the experiential power of cities cannot be completely rationalized and must be studied subjectively." --Dexigner

"Explores diverse concepts such as creating cities from pieces or edges; moving in and out of the spaces between a built environment; inserting architectural elements into complex urban situations; constructing small-scale miniurbanisms and preserving natural landscapes..." --WorldArchitectureNews.com

"intriguing, compelling, seriously gorgeous, data-driven, cool" --The Architect's Newspaper

"Steven Holl Architects announced the release of a new book, Urbanisms: Working with Doubt. Contemporary urban development is increasingly characterized by a reliance on diagrams, maps, and graphs to convey the rational, statistical point of view of the professional urban planner. This volume suggests that just as modern medicine has recognized the power of the irrational psyche, urban planners need to realize that the experiential power of cities cannot be completely rationalized and must be studied subjectively. With a selection of urban and architectural projects from his thirty-year practice, Holl stretches urban planning into the domain of uncertainty, from prose into poetry. Urbanisms examines how perception and the senses are intertwined with the material, space, and light of urban form." --ArtDaily.org

"Urbanisms and House become more summary than the architect's early monographs, though many of the themes that Holl discusses in his latest can be found in his early texts; his conceptual consistency is without refute." --Archidose

"Urbanisms: Working with Doubt, the new book of Steven Holl, which presents a selection of urban and architectural projects from the acclaimed architect's thirty-year practice, has been released by Princeton Architectural Press. Urbanisms presents design solutions for diverse locations, including Linked Hybrid in Beijing, China; Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China; Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China; Green Urban Laboratory in Nanning, China; Toolenburg Zuid Schiphol, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Fondation Pinault Ile Seguin in Paris, France; and the master plan for M.I.T.'s Vassar Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A comprehensive exploration of each project illustrates this much-celebrated and influential architect's perspective on urban planning.

Contemporary urban development is increasingly characterized by a reliance on diagrams, maps, and graphs to convey the rational, statistical point of view of the professional urban planner. In his new book, Urbanisms, architect Steven Holl suggests that just as modern medicine has recognized the power of the irrational psyche, urban planners need to realize that the experiential power of cities cannot be completely rationalized and must be studied subjectively. With a selection of urban and architectural projects from his thirty-year practice, Holl stretches urban planning into the domain of uncertainty, from prose into poetry. Urbanisms examines how perception and the senses are intertwined with the material, space, and light of urban form." --Dezeen Design Magazine

"Steven Holl, Urbanisms: Working With Doubt. This is a dazzling model of an architect's reflections upon his own work that generates open-ended questions of first-order. While disclosing the musical and poetic programs actualized in his designs, Holl articulates his sense of practical constraints that are integral to 21st-century urbanism. Annotating projects in the U.S., Europe, and Asia during the past two decades, an astute reader might want to begin the book in the middle with Holl's Chinese architecture. Buildings like the Horizontal Skyscraper and Linked Hybrid cast long shadows in terms of reformulating visions of high-density urban design. Probing, adventuresome, unsettling - and yet optimistic." --ArchNewsNow

"Urbanisms draws from Holl's thirty years of practice of working with rational statistical design and the doubts that began to enter his thinking about design.

Urbanisms is a catalog of sorts of both his uncertainties and his struggles to work his way through the doubt. Interestingly, he arrives at the conclusion that the doubts, not only will always be with us, but in fact, must always be with us." --Urban Paradoxes

"Dezeen have got together with Steven Holl Architects to give away five copies of their latest monograph, Urbanisms - Working with Doubt." --Dezeen Design Magazine

About the Author

Steven Holl has been recognized with architecture's most prestigious awards and prizes and has lectured and exhibited widely. He is a tenured professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning and has published numerous books, including Anchoring, Intertwining, Parallax, and House.

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Considered one of America's most important architects, Steven Holl is recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. He specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance.

Steven Holl has realized cultural, civic, academic and residential projects both in the United States and internationally. Notable work includes the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland (1998), Sarphatistraat Offices, Amsterdam (2000), Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington (1997), and the much-celebrated Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building in Kansas City, Missouri (2007).

Steven Holl has been recognized with architecture's most prestigious awards and prizes. Recently, Steven Holl received the 2012 AIA Gold Medal, the RIBA 2010 Jencks Award, and the first ever Arts Award of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (2009). Steven Holl has received honorary degrees from Seattle University and Moholy-Nagy University in Budapest. In 2003 he was named Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2002 the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute, awarded him their prestigious National Design Award in Architecture. In 2001 France bestowed the Grande Médaille d'Or upon him, for Best Architect of the Academy of Architecture; and in the same year Time Magazine declared him "America's Best Architect" for his 'buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye'.

Steven Holl is a tenured Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. He has lectured and exhibited widely and has published numerous texts, including Anchoring (1989), Intertwining (1996), Parallax (2000), Idea and Phenomena (2002), Luminosity/Porosity (2006), House: black swan theory (2007), Architecture Spoken (2007), Urbanisms: Working with Doubt (2009), Hamsun Holl Hamarøy (2010), Horizontal Skyscraper (2011), Scale (2012), and Color Light Time (2012). Most recently published is Urban Hopes: Made in China by Steven Holl Architects (2013).

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Award-winning architect Steven Holl presents Urbanisms: Working With Doubt, an illustrated compendium of architectural projects from his thirty years in the field. Black-and-white and color diagrams and photographs on practically every single page bring to life not only his creations, but an expression of the impulses behind their design - from the will to preserve natural landscapes to adapting to complicated urban situations. Text captions for the photographs and diagrams elucidate the creative problem-solving intent inherent in original architecture. Highly recommended as a resource for architectural inspiration, particularly with regard to the complex issue of effective urban planning.
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