- Hardcover: 1030 pages
- Publisher: Aadcu (December 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069267389X
- ISBN-13: 978-0692673898
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 2.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a remarkably elegant orthographic work which is at the same time the result of a unique program of meticulous research into the technical constitution and construction of thirteen outstanding modern buildings realized in seven countries over the past fifteen years. What is audaciously effective is the way in which the author synthesizes on the same page, precise analytical drawings of the detailed construction involved with a photographic image of the result, compelling the reader to come to terms with the unavoidable gap between the technical complexity of the means and the often dynamic simplicity of the final form. All of which makes this into a uniquely didactic study which should prove to be equally useful for students and practitioners alike. --Kenneth Frampton; Columbia University GSAPP, Ware Professor of Architecture
Where a design concept meets material construction, the detail emerges its importance parallel to its aspiration. This book is a source of inspiration, for students, architects, engineers, when asked both why and how. --Julie Janiski; Buro Happold, Sustainability and High Performance Design Leader
In this spirited and original tome, Christoph Kumpusch analyzes architecture by drawing new kinds of sections, ones that deconstruct and re-order comparative typologies, and examine the intimacy of the detail in relation to the epistemology of the concept. --Kimberli Meyer; MAK-Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House L.A., Director
About the Author
Christoph a. Kumpusch is a New York-based architect and the Core I Coordinator at Columbia University s GSAPP Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches design and visual studies and is the director of Columbia GSAPP s brand new Extraction Laboratories. He is the founder of Forward-slash, a multidisciplinary practice founded in 2008 and the head of Back-slash, the experimental arm of Forward-slash (/), investigating technology and material effects on form and tectonics. It grounds its work in a concentrated research program focused on architectural details and the spawning of new buildings from the smallest parts outward. A theoretical project runs parallel to this work, identifying historical and cultural contexts triggered by detail innovation. The office is both a design and publishing outfit, producing essays, books, exhibitions, installations, podcasts, performances, films and buildings. Forward Slash strives to be intellectually rigorous, materially sustainable, and socially responsible. He was a Leonardo da Vinci Fellow and a Rudolf M. Schindler Scholar, MAK Center Architect in Residence, USAA Scholar, National Collegiate Engineering Award-winner and a 2013 and 2015 Graham Foundation Grantee. Kumpusch is co-author of System Wien with Lebbeus Woods, Anthony Vidler and Manuel DeLanda (Hatje Cantz, 2005); editor of IDEA(u)topsy ( / Productions, 2010); IDEA(L) ( / Productions, 2011); Built Ideas (Theoharis David, 2012); Light Pavilion (Lars Müller Publishers, 2013); Urban Hopes Made in China (Lars Müller Publishers, 2014). Kumpusch has previously taught at Cornell University s AAP, Cooper Union s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Ohio State University, Pratt Institute s School of Architecture and the Department of Humanities and Media Studies, and SCI-Arc. He has been an invited juror at Harvard University, Yale University, The Architectural Association, Bartlett and Greenwich University in London and the École Nationale Supérieure d Architecture in Marseille. In 2010 Kumpusch co-founded the Institute of Mutating Cities with Youmna Chlala. In 2012 Kumpusch completed his Ph.D. on Detail Kultur If Buildings Had DNA: Case Studies of Mutations at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien (University of Applied Arts Vienna). Recent projects include an elephant playground and water park in Patong, Thailand; an East Village Think Tank; a co-working-space in Shoreditch, London and a feasibility study for a theater in Havana, Cuba. The Light Pavilion at the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, one of several projects spanning a decade of collaboration with Lebbeus Woods, was recently completed. Forward Slash was the winner of an international competition to build the first ever hub and theater-space for Performa 15 - a world renown venue for performing arts in New York s TriBeCa.
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Wall sections are punctuated with interviews with the architects who conceived them and reflections by the author on the typology of details, from the corner to the roof line, to the sustainable detail.
A 1030-page love letter to architecture in its built form, examining its minute elements so as to discover its innate essence.