This comprehensive catalogue of contemporary work examines the renewed investment in the relationship between representation, materiality, and architecture. It assembles a range of diverse voices across various institutions, practices, generations, and geographies, through specific case studies that collectively present a broader theoretical intention.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Part 1: Interviews. Interview 1. Gail Peter Borden and Mark Lee. Interview 2. Gail Peter Borden and Wes Jones. Interview 3. Michael Meredith and Jan de Vylder. Interview 4. Michael Meredith and LTL. Part 2: Material Representation and Design. 1. Force to Form: Operational Logics of a Material Reality. Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon 2. Why Architects Should Want to Give Up Control and Predictability. Blair Satterfield and Marc Swackhammer 3. Tower of 12 Stories. Jimenez Lai 4. Our Brief Affair With El Wire and My Lasting Love for Tempest. Predock Frane 5. Ragged Edges: The Story of the Quasicrystal. Aranda Lasch 6. Amant: Brooklyn, NY. SO – IL 7. 3.C. City. Amale Andraos and Work AC Part 3: Material Representation and Processes. 8. Expanded Mechanisms: The Signalization of Material. Andrew Witt 9. Design Computation and Material Culture. Achim Menges 10. Embodied Computation: The Changing Relationship of Physical Form and Geometry. Axel Kilian 11. Post Rock: Material and Medium. Meredith Miller and Thom Moran 12. Loss of Control: Error, Glitch, and Imperfection in Architecture. Santiago R. Perez Part 4: Material Representation and Technique 13. The Great Roe. Sam Jacob 14. Post-digital Materiality. Adam Fure and Ellie Abrons 15. Paranormal Panorama. Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood 16. Edges. William O'Brien Jr. 17. Outside the Lines. MOS Part 5: Material Representation and Perception/Effect 18. BUILT DRAWING. Gail Peter Borden 19. Houses of Sufficient Density. Andrew Holder 20. Inverting Neutra. Bryony Roberts 21. Que viene el Coco [Here Comes the Boogeyman]. Lluis Ortega 22. Big Drawing Norman Kelley Index
Gail Peter Borden is Director of Graduate Studies and a tenured professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston, USA. As principal of Borden Partnership since 2002, his design work has won numerous recognitions including: the Architectural League Prize; the AIA Young Architect Award; Building Design and Construction magazine’s "40 Under 40" award; and numerous AIA, ACSA, and RADA awards. Borden received artist-in-residence awards from the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; the Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Borchard Fellowship; and the MacDowell Colony. His teaching has been recognized with an ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award as one of the top emerging architecture faculty. He was named the youngest Fellow of the AIA in the history of California and has received university awards for artistic expression, teaching and mentoring.
Borden attended Rice University, simultaneously receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees (all cum laude) in fine arts, art history, and architecture. Upon graduation, he won the prestigious William Ward Watkins Traveling Fellowship, the AIA Certificate for Excellence, the Chillman Prize, and the John Swift Medal in Fine Arts. After receiving a Texas Architectural Foundation Scholarship, Professor Borden returned to Rice for his BARCH, also cum laude. He went on to Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to complete a post-professional Masters of Architecture with distinction.
His books include: Material Precedent: The Typology of Modern Tectonics, 2010 (Wiley Press); Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production, 2011 (Routledge); Principia: Architectural Principles of Material Form, 2013 (Pearson); and Process: Material and Representation in Architecture 2014 (Routledge) and all focus on materiality.
As a designer, artist, theoretician, and practitioner, Professor Borden’s research and practice focuses on the role of materiality and architecture in contemporary culture.
Michael Meredith is a principal and co-founder of MOS, as well as an Associate Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, USA. Meredith's writings on architecture, architectural pedagogy, and contemporary architectural production and representation have appeared in Artforum, Log, Perspecta, Praxis, Domus, and Harvard Design Magazine. Editorial contributions include the architectural journals and publications Log (Spring/Summer 2011), MATTER (2011), and an introduction to Praxis 11 (February 2011). Meredith previously taught at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Muschenheim Fellowship, and at the University of Toronto.
"Lineament traces out a shared set of concerns among a generation of practitioners who are producing compelling new work at the same time as they contribute to ongoing academic debates. The editors have assembled a diverse group capable of moving freely between analog and digital production, and equally comfortable with discursive and material practices. This is a body of work in which projects do not simply illustrate theoretical concepts articulated elsewhere, but instead demonstrate an intricate interplay between ideas and things." - Stan Allen, Architect and George Dutton Professor of Architecture, Princeton University, USA