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SHoP: Out of Practice Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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"Given their output, it is probably surprising to many people that this is the first monograph on New York City-based SHoP Architects. But given the firm's distinct levels of diversity, control, and perfection—evident in the fact they designed the branding and graphic design that defines the look and feel of the book—this shouldn't be a surprise after all.... The sizable monograph, handsomely covered in green linen with embossed text, collects 13 completed and in-progress projects.... Between each project are visual essays that describe the various ways that SHoP distinguishes itself in its approach to architectural design and construction.... Halfway through the book the partners delve into these and other areas with a long text essay that uses narratives to describe how their approach actually works in practice. The accumulation of text (including Nobel's intro), visual essays, and the documentation of the projects leads to a good deal of insight into SHoP without sharing all of their secrets." —John Hill, Archidose
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SHoP has crafted a successful architectural practice around the not-so-ancient idea of positioning the architect towards the operational center of each project. While this carries more risk, it is a strategic and arguably necessary move that counters the unproductive, and increasingly obsolete, traditional model that isolates architects from the economics and construction of buildings.
This book - SHoP's first monograph - is well illustrated with drawings, models, renderings and photos of completed works, complimented by snippets of text that help explain the objectives, hurdles, and design moves deployed to assist the realization of each project. What the contents page (`click to LOOK INSIDE') doesn't reveal is that the green highlighted headings (practice, politics, finance, technology, and sustainability) are insightful 3-page summaries of SHoP's observations on these aspects of architectural culture. And their observations are astute. For example, in the Finance section they stress, "isolating architecture from the `dirty' world of money has done a disservice both to the education of young designers and to the practice of mature architects. (...) A refusal to engage with the financial structure of a project weakens not only the individual architect but the profession as a whole."
Whether of not you like the `look' of their projects, this book will be a welcome and more importantly useful collection to your bookshelf.
I would definitely use this book as an example for my portfolio-making seminar.
The Barclays Center is included but as renderings and not the actual photos of the Barclays Center itself.
Recommended for architects in the making and as well as architects.
I enjoyed the images and descriptions of their work, and gained understanding on how they approached innovation within architecture, not just another photo album of pretty things.
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Cool book, great content with nice details and examples of SHoP's work. Pretty short though, not an exhaustive look at any of their projects.Published on November 1, 2013 by David Hawkins Benson
I appreciate what shop has done. The intro got a little too "aren't they so smart and clever and the best ever?!" but started off good. And maybe you agree with them. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Poppy
Shop: Out of Practice as noted in the title of the book explains the firm's design process and methods of construction. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Da Bronx Y
Excellent book! Well thought out with TONS of graphics and information about the firm. Perfect for even the most discriminating architect.Published on April 26, 2012 by das_arkitekt