Articulating a radical agenda for the rethinking of the basic precepts of the construction industry in light of digital technologies, this book explores the profound shift that is underway in all aspects of architectural process. Essays and lectures from the last fifteen years discuss these changes in relation to dECOi Architects, created in 1991 as a forward-looking architectural practice.
This excellent collection is relevant to architectural professionals, academics and students and also to practitioners in many related creative fields who are similarly engaged in trying to comprehend the significance of the import of digital media.
Table of Contents
Foreword John McMorrough Introduction 1. Devotio Moderna 2. Hystera Protera 3. Le Bloc Fracture 4. The Inscrutable House 5. The Active Insert: Notes on Technic Praxis 6. Cut Idea: William Forsythe and an Architecture of Disappearance 7. Post Card to Parent 8. Misericord to a Grotesque Reification 9. Technological Latency 10. Gaudi’s Hanging Presence 11. From Autoplastic to Alloplastic Tendency 12. Notes on Digital Nesting 13. The Digital Surrational 14. Praxis Interview: Precise Indeterminancy 15. Rabbit K(not) Borroro 16. Sinthome: Plastik Conditional 17. Epilogue
Mark Goulthorpe created the dECOi atelier, based in Paris and Boston, in 1991. The practice’s design calibre was quickly established by winning entries in several international competitions and with awards from various cultural institutions around the world. His collaboration with engineering groups in Europe such as Arup and RFR in Paris extended to collaboration with Foster and Partners to offer creative technical input.