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Informal (Architecture) Hardcover – October, 2002
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"A Koolhaas-slick monograph
with his own manifesto-style meditations on everything from fractal geometry to Victorian tiles." -- New York Times, January 2003
"A collection of manifesto, theory, templates, diary, and case studies on some of the most innovative architecture in recent times." -- Dialogue, March 2003
"A rich diary of his search for non-Cartesian form and structure at once absorbing and frustrating." -- Architecture, December 2002
"Balmonds lyrical prose enables the reader to visualize his flexible engineering process." -- Metropolis, March 2003
"Informals free-form design is as innovative as the architecture Balmonds company helps make real." -- Rocky Mountain News, December 2002
A beautifully constructed book. You'll never think of buildings in the same way again. -- Time Out London, December 2002
Balmond has, almost single-handedly, shifted the ground in engineering, and therefore enabled architecture to be imagined differently. -- Rem Koolhaas
Cecil Balmond has a simple plan to reinvent architecture: Break down the cage that separates structural engineering from design. -- Jennifer Kabat, Wired, April 2001
Informal is a vivid and intriguing new book. -- RIBA, November 2002
It could be the next Brief History of Time - but with pictures. -- Deyan Sudjic, The Observer, October 27, 2002
From the Publisher
Balmond's structural thinking differs from that of other engineers in his field in its completely new conception of the engineer's contribution to architecture. The plasticity of architeectural plans is enhanced through a decisive development of its structural design. The borderline between structure and architecture thus becomes increasingly blurred. This process is explained in detail in "Informal" by reference to 8 exemplary projects. The author makes the theoretical basis of his engineering solutions understandable to the reader and his sketches are more than just purely techincal illustrations - they are the key o his approach. After reading "Informal", architects will have to rethink their understanding of many well-known buildings.
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The ultimate benefit of reading Informal is in getting a glimpse into how Balmond thinks. Regardless of whether or not the end products were built, seeing how he thinks his way through problems makes you wish his overwhelming creativity would wash off on you. Balmond explores structure as a possibility rather than a limitation. He conceives highly imaginative and innovative solutions that work symbiotically with the architecture. His writes with humane prose and presents his ideas with inquisitive boyishness, in no way belying his erudition.
Genius. Pure and simple. Worth every dime.
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