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Protoarchitecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids

Bob Sheil (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-51947-9
136 pages
August 2008
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The illusive and uncertain world of translating ideas into matter is a negotiation between the ideal and the real and a central preoccupation of architectural production. By invading the toolbox of digital fabrication, design has transgressed into protocols of manufacturing previously the domain of other disciplines and skills sets. Craft, assembly and installation, once the realm of trades, are qualities that are now dependent upon design information and its status as an instruction to make. The ensuing loop between the physical and tactile, the imaginary and speculative, has defined a new expectation in making architecture as a construct that is part real, part ideal.

With contributions from Lebbeus Woods, Evan Douglis, Theo Jansen, Shin Egashira and many more, Protoarchitecture presents an explicitly diverse collection of works from leading and emerging practitioners, educators, researchers and visionaries from all corners of this innovative field.
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Table of Contents

Editorial (Helen Castle).

Photoarchitecture: Between the Analogue and the Digital (Bob Sheil).

The Wonder of Trivial Machines (Stephen Gage).

Strandbeests (Theo Jansen).

Drawn into Space: Zaha Hadid (Lebbeus Woods).

Convoluted Flesh: A Synthetic Approach to Analogue and Digital Architecture (Marjan Colletti and Marcos Cruz).

The Memory of an Elephant (Bob Sheil).

Thinking with Matter (Mark West).

Prosthetic Mythologies (Kate Davies and Emmanuel Vercruysse).

Flora_Flex: In Search of Synthetic Immortality (Evan Douglis).

Screens (Niall McLaughlin).

Out of the Phase: Making an Approach to Architecture and Landscape (Mark Smout and Laura Allen).  

Objects after Image (Shin Egashira).

Robotic Membranes: Exploring a Textile Architecture of Behaviour (Mette Ramsgard Thomsen).

Mapping the Invisible Landscape: An Exercise in Spatially Choreographed Sound (Paul Bavister).

Interior Eye
Well-MADE New York City Apartments (Jayne Merkel).

Building Profile
Shoreditch Roof Apartment (David Littlefield).

Practice Profile
Jamie Fobert Architects: Inside Out (Howard Watson).

Inhabiting the Body and the Spaces of Interaction (Valentina Croci).

Unit Factor
Can Architectural Design Be Research? Fabricating Complexity (Michael Weinstock).

Spiller’s Bits
Radical Experimentation As Research: AVATAR (Neil Spiller).

Yeang’s Eco-Files
Anthropoidal Energy Production:
Generating and Harvesting Electricity From Human Power (Ken Yeang).

McLean’s Nuggets (Will McLean).

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Author Information

Bob Sheil is an architect and a senior lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He has worked as a designer and maker in architecture, furniture, exhibition and web design. Following 10 years in practice, his teaching career began in the Bartlett workshop in 1995 where his key interest in, and curiosity about, the relationship between architecture and making evolved from practice to research. He is a founder member of the workshop-based practice sixteen*(makers) with Nick Callicott, Phil Ayres and Chris Leung. Since 2004 he has been programme director of the Bartlett’s Graduate Diploma in Architecture, and in 2005 he guest-edited AD Design through Making.
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