This book examines the interrelationship of representational methods and material systems as fundamental drivers of the design process. Identifying four primary categories of representational logics - point, line, surface, mass - each category is illustrated through four precedent projects that deploy iterative material sensibilities. As a collection, this text provides a comprehensive categorization of the architectural design process.
Through the comprehensive definition of categorical typologies, it illustrates the collective capability of this conceptual methodology. By unpacking projects through their specific design devices, the collective analysis reveals the impact of material techniques and methods of representation as a generative tool. Broad in scope, it identifies and uniformly analyses some of the most significant projects from the last century, including:
Richly illustrated with consistent, clear and precise line drawings, the book presents a series of iconic precedents through a unique analytical and graphic sensibility.
Acknowledgements Preface Layout description Part 1: Point 1. Unit: UK Pavilion Shanghai - Heatherwick Studio, Shanghai, China 2. Aggregation: Gatehouse - Office dA, Beijing, China 3. Module: Maison Colonial - Jean Prouve, Africa/France 4. Network: de Young Museum - Herzog and de Meuron, California, USA Part 2: Line 5. Stick/Member: Jean Marie Tjibou Cultural Center – RPBW, Noumea, Indonesia 6. Grid: Faulk House - Peter Eisenman, New York, USA 7. Frame/Cage: US Pavilion at Expo 67 - Buckminster Fuller 8. Field Effect: Kimbell Art Museum - louis I. Kahn Part 3: Surface 9. Wall: Barcelona Pavilion - Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, Spain 10. Facet: Tel Aviv - Scott Cohen, Tel Aviv, Israel 11. Shell: Los Manantiales - Felix Candella, Mexico City, Mexico 12. Serial: Yokahama Terminal – FOA, Yokahama, Japan Part 4: Mass 13. Cast/Solid: Pantheon, Rome, Italy Postscript 14. Void: Tres Grand Bibliotheque - Rem Koolhaas, OMA, Paris, France 15. Inversion: Brother Claus Field Chapel - Peter Zumthor, Switzerland 16. Series: Monument to the Murdered Jews - Peter Eisenman Postscript Index