Today, with the advent of digital media technologies and the ability to conceptualize, express and produce complex forms using digital means, the question of the status of the architectural form is once again under consideration. Indeed, the computer liberated architecture from the tyranny of the right angle and enabled the design and production of non-standard buildings, based on irregular geometry.
Yet, the questions concerning the method of form expression in contemporary architecture, and its meaning, remain very much open. Performalism takes up this discussion, defines it and presents changes in form conception in architecture, followed by their repercussions.
The book is supported by a wealth of case studies from some of the top firms across the globe and contributed to by some of the top names in this field. With a unique and insightful emphasis on professional practice this is essential reading for all architects, aspiring and practicing.
Table of Contents
1. Performalism: A Manifesto for Architectural Performance Eran Neuman and Yasha Grobman 2. The Various Dimensions of the Concept of 'Performance' in Architecture Yasha Grobman 3. Architecture as Performative Art Antoine Picon 4. Performing the Contemporary, Or: Towards an Even Newer Architecture Sylvia Lavin 5. Informationism. Information as Architectural Performance Aaron Sprecher 6. The Collapsing of Technological Performance and the Subject's Performance Eran Neuman 7. High Performance Anxiety Christopher Hight 8. Performance-Orientated Design from a Material Perspective: Domains of Agency and the Spatial and Material Organisation Complex Michael U. Hensel 9. Performalism or Performance-Based Design? Martin Bechthold 10. Eisenman Architects 11. GLForm 12. Preston Scott Cohen 13. Archi-Techtonics 14. Contemporary Architecture Practice 15. R&Sie(n) 16. Kol /Mac LLC 17. Gehry Partners , LLP / Gehry Technologies 18. Franken Architekten 19. OCEAN 20. Open Source Architecture 21. Gramazio & Kohler 22. RUR 23. Foster + Partners 24. Project Credits Index
Yasha J. Grobman is an architect and a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He is principal and co-founder of Axelrod Grobman Architects. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (DRL), and a PhD from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. His research and practice focuses on digital architecture and performance-oriented architectural design and manufacturing.
Eran Neuman is an architect and the head of the Azrieli School of Architecture at Tel Aviv University. He is co-founder of Open Source Architecture, an international architectural research and design office. His research focuses on the history, theory and philosophy of modern architecture, in particular the influence of science and technology on architecture, digital architecture, architectural representations and design methodologies.