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Future Details of Architecture

Mark Garcia (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-52253-0
144 pages
September 2014
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Description

Despite the exaggerated news of the untimely 'death of the detail' by Greg Lynn, the architectural detail is now more lifelike and active than ever before. In this era of digital design and production technologies, new materials, parametrics, building information modeling (BIM), augmented realities and the nano-bio-information-computation consilience, the detail is now an increasingly vital force in architecture. Though such digitally designed and produced details are diminishing in size to the molecular and nano levels, they are increasingly becoming more complex, multi-functional, high performance and self-replicating. Far from being a non-essential and final finish, this new type of highly evolved high-tech detail is rapidly becoming the indispensable and critical core, the (sometimes iconic) DNA of an innovative new species of built environmental form that is spawning in scale and prominence, across product, interior, urban and landscape design. This issue of AD re-examines the history, theories and design of the world’s most significant spatial details, and explores their innovative potentials and possibilities for the future of architecture.

Contributors include: Rachel Armstrong, Nic Clear, Edward Ford, Dennis Shelden, Skylar Tibbits.

Featured architects: Ben van Berkel, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Peter Macapia, Carlo Ratti, Philippe Rahm, Patrik Schumacher, Neil Spiller.

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Table of Contents

EDITORIAL 5
Helen Castle

ABOUT THE GUEST-EDITOR 6
Mark Garcia

SPOTLIGHT 8
Visual highlights of the issue

INTRODUCTION: Histories, Theories and Futures of the Details of Architecture14
Mark Garcia

The Grand Work of Fiction: The Detail as Narrative 26
Edward Ford

Details Around the Corner 36
Christian Schittich

Tectonic Articulation: Making Engineering Logics Speak 44
Patrik Schumacher

Future Details of UNStudio Architectures: An Interview with Ben van Berkel 52
Mark Garcia

Close Up 62
Hernan Diaz Alonso

Un détail de ce qui change: Function of a Function 68
Peter Macapia

Future Landscapes of Spatial Details: An Interview with Philippe Rahm 78
Mark Garcia

The Rise of the ‘Invisible Detail’: Ubiquitous Computing and the ‘Minimum Meaningful’ 86
Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel

Information, Complexity and the Detail 92
Dennis R Shelden

Growing Details 98
David Benjamin, Danil Nagy and Carlos Olguin

DNA disPlay: Programmable Bioactive Materials Using CNC Patterning 104
Skylar Tibbits, Lina Kara’in, Joseph Schaeffer, Helena de Puig, Jose Gomez-Marquez and Anna Young

The Post-Epistemological Details of Oceanic Ontologies 112
Rachel Armstrong

Detailing the Walled Garden for Lebbeus 118
Neil Spiller

The Gold Mine: A Ludic Architecture 128
Nic Clear

COUNTERPOINT: The Architectural Detail and the Fear of Commitment 134
Mark Burry

CONTRIBUTOR 142

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Press Release

July 25, 2014
Future Details of Architecture

The architectural detail is up for grabs. Never has there been a moment when it has been riper for reinvention. In this era of digital design and production technologies, new materials, parametrics, building information modeling (BIM), augmented realities and the nano-bio-information-computation convergence, the detail has become a vital force for innovation in architecture.

Though digitally designed and produced details are diminishing in size to molecular and nano levels, they are increasingly becoming more complex, multi-functional, high performance and self-replicating. Far from being a non-essential and final finish, this new type of highly evolved high-tech detail is rapidly becoming the indispensable and critical core of an innovative new built environmental form that is spawning in scale and prominence, across product, interior, urban and landscape design.

Future Details of Architecture re-examines the history, theories and design of the world’s most significant spatial details and explores their innovative potentials and possibilities for the future of architecture.

Contributors to this latest edition of Architectural Design (AD) include Rachel Armstrong, Nic Clear, Edward Ford, Dennis Shelden and Skylar Tibbits. It also features architects including Ben van Berkel, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Peter Macapia, Carlo Ratti, Philippe Rahm, Patrik Schumacher and Neil Spiller and the topics they cover will be of interest to architects and architectural students, as well as students and practitioners in related fields such as interior and landscape design.

 Future Details of Architecture is available wherever books are sold, priced £24.99.

 

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 Notes to editors:

  • Review copies and jacket images are available on request
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