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.
1. Performalism: A Manifesto for Architectural Performance 2. The Various Dimensions of the Concept of 'Performance' in Architecture3. Architecture as Performative Art 4. Performing the Contemporary, Or: Towards an Even Newer Architecture 5. Informationism. Information as Architectural Performance 6. The Collapsing of Technological Performance and the Subject's Performance 7. High Performance Anxiety 8. Performance-Orientated Design from a Material Perspective: Domains of Agency and the Spatial and Material Organisation Complex 9. Performalism or Performance-Based Design? 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