Architecture Inserted

Architecture Inserted

Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, Chris Perry, Liza Fior with Katherine Clark : edited by Nina Rappaport with Francisco Waltersdorfer and David Yang. Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship, Yale School of Architecture, 2012.

Architecture Inserted features work of the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship, an endowed chair at the Yale School of Architecture. The book includes work from the studios of Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang in “ Paris Doubles,” Chris Perry in “ Anticipatory Architecture: CERN 2054,” and Liza Fior with Katherine Clarke in “ Alternative Legacies for the Olympic Site.” The book includes interviews with the architects about the work of their offices and essays about their pedagogical approaches.

Bracket Goes Soft

Bracket 2 [Goes Soft]

“ Fast Company : Architecture and the Speed of Technology” by Chris Perry. Edited by Neeraj Bhatia and Lola Sheppard, Actar, 2013.

From soft politics, soft power and soft spaces to fluid territories, software and soft programming, Bracket 2 unpacks the use and role of responsive, indeterminate, flexible, and immaterial systems in design. In an era of declared crises–economic, ecological and climatic, among others–the notion of soft systems has gained increasing traction as a counterpoint to permanent, static and hard systems. Acknowledging fluid situations with complex feedback loops that allow for reaction and adaption.

Metropolis Books

Post-Sustainability : Blueprints for a Green Planet: Introductory essay “ Not a throbbing squirm” by Cathryn Dwyre

Edited by Mitchell Joachim and Michael Silver, Metropolis Books, forthcoming 2013.

The editors propose that a relevant architecture must not only be functionally “ green ”; it should also look different. Style and innovation cannot be considered separate issues in the production of environmentally responsive buildings. The editors have compiled a group of contemporary practitioners who provoke new ways of thinking about green architecture and the challenges of an uncertain environmental future.



Edited by Megan Born, Helene Furjan, and Lily Jencks, with Philip Crosby. Designed by K.T. Anthony Chan. With Cathryn Dwyre as Managing Editor and Assistant Editor. MIT Books, 2012.

Contributors to Dirt include Barry Bergdoll, Alan Berger, Anita Berrizbeitia, Lindsay Bremner, Kim Brickley, Case Brown, Mark Campbell, James Corner, Phillip Crosby, Keller Easterling, Ruth Erickson, Larissa Fassler, Helene Furján, Future Cities Lab, Mark Alan Hughes, Tetsugo Hyakutake, Robert Le Ricolais, Lily Jencks, Peter Lloyd Jones, Ferda Kolatan, Sylvia Lavin, Andrew Lucia, Ian McHarg, PEG, Rhett Russo, SERVO, Phoebe Washburn, Marion Weiss, and Richard Wesley.



AD: The Digital Turn in Architecture 1992-2010

AD Reader, Mario Carpo, ed. Wiley-Academy, 2012.

Featured article reprint by:
Christopher Hight and Chris Perry
Introduction to Collective Intelligence in Design
Reprinted from AD: Collective Intelligence in Design (2006)

The digital turn in architecture has gone through several stages, and Architectural Design (AD) has captured them all. This anthology of AD’s most salient articles is chronologically and thematically arranged to provide a complete historical timeline of the rise to pre-eminence of computer-based design and production. Contributors include Peter Eisenman, Greg Lynn, Stan Allen, Bernard Cache, and Charles Jencks.

Panel Layout book

Panel Layout for Competition

Featured work by pneumastudio, DAMDI Publishing Co., Korea, 2011.

A book featuring competition entries from a cross-section of international architects representing progressive design firms.


The New Mathematics of Architecture

The New Mathematics of Architecture

Mark Burry, Jane Burry Eds., Thames & Hudson, 2010.

Architecture has always relied on mathematics to achieve visual harmony, structural integrity, and logical construction. Now digital tools and an increasing interest in physics have given architects the means to describe and build spatial constructs that would have been inconceivable even ten years ago.

This carefully researched survey of forty-six international projects offers an overview of how different strategies are being employed through accessible illustrations and clear text. Each section presents case studies of projects by globally recognized architects in diagrams, photographs, and texts.

Interactive Architecture

Interactive Architecture

Michael Fox and Miles Kemp, Eds., Princeton Architectural Press, 2009.

In Interactive Architecture, authors Michael Fox and Miles Kemp introduce us to a brave new world where design pioneers are creating environments that not only facilitate interaction between people, but also actively participate in their own right. These spaces are able to reconfigure themselves in response to human stimuli and will change our worlds by addressing our ever-evolving individual, social, and environmental needs.

Interactive Architecture is a processes-oriented guide to creating dynamic spaces and objects capable of performing a range of pragmatic and humanistic functions. These complex physical interactions are made possible by the creative fusion of embedded computation (intelligence) with a physical, tangible counterpart (kinetics). A uniquely twenty-first century toolbox and skill set virtual and physical modeling, sensor technology, CNC fabrication, prototyping, and robotics necessitates collaboration across many diverse scientific and art-based communities. Interactive Architecture includes contributions from the worlds of architecture, industrial design, computer programming, engineering, and physical computing.


Digital Architecture Now<h4″>Digital Architecture Now: A Global Survey of Emerging Talent

Neil Spiller, Ed., Thames and Hudson, 2009.

Presenting the most fresh architectural visionaries from around the world, Digital Architecture Now celebrates architects who are pushing digital design and software to their limits and showing how radical experimentation can lead to spectacular built results. Neil Spiller’s text places this contemporary work in the context of recent developments and considers the future trajectory of digital architecture. At the heart of the book are the architects’ best projects, presented in vivid, colourful and breathtaking detail through texts, plans and renderings that challenge our assumptions about 3-D space and redefine the future of architecture.

Emerging Modes of Architectural Practice

Provisional: Emerging Modes of Architectural Practice

Featured practice by servo, Elite Kedan, Jon Dreyfous, and Craig Mutter, Princeton Architectural Press, 2009.

Provisional profiles nine of the United States’ most exciting architectural practices. They all seek opportunities to redefine the role of craft in architectural practice. Enlightening interviews together with a selection of drawings, diagrams, models, renderings, and building process photographs reveal a shared commitment to experimentation and learning-by-doing. Projects by SHoP Architects, Front Studio, Gehry Technologies, Lewis.Tsurumaki. Lewis, Hweler + Yoon Architecture, nARCHITECTS, servo, GYA Architects, and Chris Hoxie Design are included as well as the following projects: Beijing National Stadium, China Central Television (CCTV) Station and Headquarters (Beijing), Dee and Charles Wyly Theater (Dallas); FutureGen Power Plant (Illinois); Highline HL23 (New York City); and the Olympic Sculpture Park (Seattle).

DD 27 Networks And Environments: servo/ U.S.A.-Sweden, servo

DD 27 Networks And Environments: servo/ U.S.A.-Sweden

servo, Damdi Publishers, 2008.

DD (Design Document) series is a monograph of young architects of the world. The series provides a channel of communication between young architects across the world who desire to share architectural knowledge. The series sponsors experimental architectural practitioners that represent the philosophy and brillance of young architects. An architectural design collective, Servo’s focus is on the development of architectural environments, active design systems comprised of temporal conditions, the proliferation of electronic and digital equipment and interfaces, and in general the ebb and flow of information in real time. Included projects include a full scale installation at the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Seville and an exhibition design at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles. A total of thirteen works are presented here, illustrated by models, photographs and technical drawings, and accompanied by essays and experimental design research projects.


Storefront Newsprints 1982-2009

Featured newsprint for a solo exhibition by servo at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, edited by Joseph Grima, Storefront Books, 2009

Shortly after Storefront for Art and Architecture was founded in 1982, director Kyong Park began circulating a regular ‘newsletter’ among the gallery’s friends and followers in New York City. Sent by mail to a list of up to 3,000 people, this news-sheet/poster served to inform New Yorkers on upcoming exhibitions, events and programs in the gallery; it also served as a reader or exhibition guide of sorts, offering critical contextualizations to the exhibitions on display at Storefront. In the mid-Eighties, the newsletters acquired an enduring format: poster-size sheets of double-sided monochrome newsprint, bearing images and texts related to each exhibition in the gallery. Each show in the gallery’s history had its own newsprint, and the tradition continues to this day. Over time, the archive of Storefront’s Newsprints grew to become the most complete historical documentation of the gallery’s programs since its earliest days. ‘Storefront Newsprints 1982-2009′ is comprised of reproductions of over 154 newsletters, many of which contain otherwise unpublished texts by artists, architects and theorists such as Vito Acconci, Lebbeus Woods, Michael Sorkin, Beatriz Colomina, Michael Webb and Eyal Weizman, among others. Additional content includes an in-depth interview by current director Joseph Grima with Kyong Park on the origins and history of the Newsprints project, an index of other Storefront publications and readers, numerous unpublished texts and essays, and a conversation with former director Sarah Herda.

The New Architecural Generation

Hatch: The New Architectural Generation

Kieran Long, E., Laurence King Publishers, 2008.

Hatch showcases 114 architects who will define the physical fabric of our cities for the next 30 years, aswell as the theoretical and interpretive background of architectural practice worldwide. These are practitioners for whom the old categories do not hold, and for whom modernism is no longer the orthodoxy. As the role of architects in cities changes, young practitioners pursue a range of work as writers, critics, curators, teachers, fashion designers, computer programmers, club promoters, materials experts, engineers, installation artists, developers, and builders. Critically selected, the work of each architect, writer, and photographer in Hatch is examined in detail to uncover the approaches that will come to their full fruition in the coming years and decades. 800 photographs and drawings of projects.

Network Practices: New Strategies in Architecture and Design

Network Practices: New Strategies in Architecture and Design

Anthony Burke and Therese Tierney, Ed., Princeton Architectural Press, 2007.

The twin revolutions of the global economy and omnipresent Internet connectivity have had a profoundimpact on architectural design. Geographical gaps and, in many cases, architecture’s tie to the built world itself have evaporated in the face of our new networked society. Form is now conceptualized by architects, engineers, and artists as reflexive, contingent, and distributed. The collected essays in Network Practices capture this unique moment in the evolution of design, where crossing disciplines, spatial interactions, and design practices are all poised to be reimagined. With contributions by architects, artists, computer programmers, and theorists and texts by Reinhold Martin, Dagmar Richter, Michael Speaks, and others, Network Practices offers an interdisciplinary analysisof how art, science, and architecture are responding to rapidly changing mobile, wireless, and information-embedded environments.

Softspace: From a Representation of Form to a Simulation of Space

Softspace: From a Representation of Form to a Simulation of Space

Featured work by servo in an essay by Marcelyn Gow, ed. Sean Lally and Jessica Young, Routledge, 2007.

This book unites essayists and emerging architectural practices to examine how digital tools are increasingly being used in architectural design, not only to show form, structure and geometries but also to visualize and simulate energies and material qualities such as air, gas, sound, scent and electricity.

Softspace takes stock of current advancements in design and research, while drawing on historical and ideological trajectories rooted in the past fifty years. The varied contributors examine the capabilities of such ‘energy matters’ to act as catalysts for design innovation today.

Softspace includes essays from Helene Furjan, Bart Lootsma, Bruce Sterling, Lars Larup, among others.

Abstract Space: Beneath the Media Surface

Abstract Space: Beneath the Media Surface

Featured work by servo, Therese Tierney, Taylor & Francis, 2007

This conceptually rich and imaginative book investigates the cultural connection between new media and architectural imaging. Through a range of material, from theoretical texts to experimental design projects, Tierney explores notions of what the architectural image means today.

Within the book’s visually imaginative design framework, Abstract Space engages discourses from architecture, visual and cultural studies to computer science and communications technology to present an in-depth multi-media case study. Tracing a provisional history of the topic, the book also lends a provocative and multivalent understanding to the complex relations affecting the architectural image today.

AD: Collective Intelligence in Design

AD: Collective Intelligence in Design

Guest-edited by Christopher Hight and Chris Perry. Wiley-Academy, 2006

Exploring how today’s most compelling design is emerging from new forms of collaborative practice and modes of collective intelligence, this title of AD engages two predominant phenomena: design’s relationship with new information and telecommunication technologies and new economies of globalization. With the shift from the second machine age to the age of information, the network has replaced the assembly line as a pre-eminent mode of organization. With this shift has come the introduction of numerous alternative modes of social, economic, and political organization in the form of peer-to-peer networks and open-source communities. This has radically altered conventional models of collective invention, as well as challenging received notions of individual authorship and agency, questioning the way in which traditional disciplines organize themselves. This reorganization is apparent within architectural practice, as well as within its participation in a greater cultural context of increasing interdisciplinarity. For the design disciplines, this includes the emergence of new forms of collective intelligence in a number of different fields including architecture, software and interaction design, gaming, motion typography, and product design.

Collective Intelligence in Design takes in contributions from: A|Um Studio, servo, Open Source Architecture, OCEAN, the AA’s Design Research Lab, MIT’s Media Lab, Small Design Firm, and United Architects. Additionally, the issue features essays from a diverse pool of academics and designers, including Christopher Hight, Helen Furjan, Alexander Galloway and Eugene Thacker, David Salomon, and Brett Steele, as well as an extensive interview with Michael Hardt, an influential thinker on the subject of contemporary globalization.



10x10_2: 100 Architectes, 10 Critics

Frederic Migayrou, Ed. Phaidon, 2004.

Like its successful predecessor 10×10 (2000), 10x10_2 is a comprehensive overview of new architecture today. This generously illustrated volume presents 100 of the world’s most exceptional emerging architects, selected by 10 internationally prominent critics, architects and curators.

Arranged alphabetically by architect, the book features more than 1,500 illustrations and approximately 250 buildings and projects of the past five years, including work recently constructed as well as competition entries, theoretical projects, and works under construction. The result is an up-to-the-minute collection that represents the best of both global and regional architecture tendencies around the world.

Each critic has contributed an essay written exclusively for this publication; each has, in turn, selected 10 cultural references from varying genres and media to illustrate the context in which architects operate today.

The book includes extensive biographies of the entire spectrum of architects and critics involved.

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Digital Tectonics Featured project by servo

Digital Tectonics

Featured project by servo, ed. Neil Leach and David Turnbull, Wiley-Academy Press, 2004.

The old opposition between a digital culture of sensuous, ephemeral images and a tectonic culture of pragmatic building has given way to a new collaboration between the two domains, a ‘digital tectonics’. Computer linked fabrication techniques of many kinds have become an integral part of the design process, while new digital tools are allowing engineers and architects to understand in far more detail the behaviour of load carrying surfaces, and to generate new architectural forms.


Next Generation Architecture: Folds, Blobs and Boxes

Next Generation Architecture: Folds, Blobs and Boxes

Joseph Rosa, Ed., Rizzoli, 2003.

A new generation of architects is pushing digital technology to its limits and continues a tradition of “organic” architecture, often labeled “blobitecture.” A few architects in the pre-digital era anticipated the shape of today’s sleek and supple buildings, but computers have helped make many of today’s large, truly innovative architectural projects buildable. This volume defines the next generation and captures the latest trends in architecture it has put foward. A number of the architects (Greg Lynn, RUR Architecture, Foreign Office Architects) were among those selected to compete in the Ground Zero redevelopment effort.

Among the thirty architects featured are Greg Lynn, ShoP, Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, Wes Jones, Lindy Roy, Foreign Office Architects, Rem Koolhaas, and Frank Gehry.

City Limits: Young Architects 3

City Limits: Young Architects 3

Featured work by servo, Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.

City Limits presents the work of the best of a new generation of architects, as selected by the jury of the Architectural League’s annual Young Architects competition. This year’s winners were asked: In what ways do current modes of architectural production address cities as artifacts and cities as visions? The responses are varied and accomplished, from Petra Kempf’s hand drawn series of diagrams of urban movement, transportation, and form, to Teddy Cruz’s ongoing involvement in the development of the US/Latin American border, through SERVO’s series of product lines, Thaddeus Briner’s design for a football stadium, Manifold’s RANT project, a design for Manhattan’s east side, and nARCHITECTS’s Hotel Pro Forma.

AD: Contemporary Techniques of Architectural Design

AD: Contemporary Techniques of Architectural Design

Featured work by servo, ed. Ali Rahim, Wiley-Academy Press, 2002.

Contemporary Techniques in Architecture addresses the translation of techniques in design methodology to their architectural realisation, at the scale of space, material programme and construction. It challenges technique-driven experimental architects at the next level – that of exploring concepts and translating them into their material counterparts. How do you think through the building of avant-garde forms? The title includes the work of high-profile philosophers, architects and engineers, such as Manuel Delanda, Greg Lynn and Foreign Office Architects; and Cecil Balmond of Ove Arup.