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Exuberance: New Virtuosity in Contemporary Architecture

Exuberance: New Virtuosity in Contemporary Architecture

Marjan Colletti (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-71714-1

May 2010

144 pages

Select type: Paperback

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This title of AD heralds a new era of exuberance in digital design. Having overcome the alienation and otherness of the cyber, having mastered the virtual qualities and protocols of the parametric, having achieved the intricacy and elegance of the digital, and having fully embraced the potential of 3d computer software and cad/cam manufacturing technologies, it is now time for architects to show off!

Conjure up the extravagance of furniture design, the abundance of cgi in Hollywood, the profuseness of bio-techno ornamentation or the lavishness of Middle-Eastern and Asian super-urbanism. Exuberance not only celebrates new Baroque theatricality, formal sophistication and digital virtuosity; it also debates a plethora of joyful and intelligent ways in which experimental architecture manages to cope with the contemporary turmoil in global politics, economics and ecology.


Helen Castle

About the Guest-Editor

Marjan Colletti


Exuberance and Digital Virtuosity

Marjan Colletti

DigitAlia – the Other Digital Practice

Marjan Colletti


Ali Rahim

Diving into the Depth-Scape:

Exuberance and Personalities

Yael Reisner

Exuberant Couture

Judith Clark

Baroque Exuberance:

Frivolity or Disquiet?

Robert Harbison

Let’s Rock over Barock

Wolf D Prix

The New Delfina

Peter Cook

OrnaMental POrnamentation:

The Abstract and the Exuberant

Body of Ornamentation

Marjan Colletti

Surrealistic Exuberance – Dark Matters

Neil Spiller

Exuberance, I Don’t

Know; Excess, I Like

Hernan Diaz Alonso

Extreme Integration

Tom Wiscombe of EMERGENT

Relying on Interdependencies:

Snøhetta in the Middle East

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Robert Greenwood, Snøhetta

Cultivating Smartcities

CJ Lim

Leading Lady: Monica Pidgeon,

Editor of Architectural Design,

1946 to 1975

Peter Murray

Interior Eye

Morphosis Architects’ Cooper Union

Academic Building, New York

Jayne Merkel

Building Profile

Winter Olympic Buildings,

Vancouver 2010

David Littlefield

Practice Profile

Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)

Fleur Watson and Martyn Hook

Unit Factor

Emergence and the Forms of Metabolism

Michael Weinstock

Yeang’s Eco-Files

Biodiversity Targets as the

Basis for Green Design

Mike Wells and Ken Yeang

Spiller’s Bits

Strategic Plots and Spatial Blooms

Neil Spiller

McLean’s Nuggets

Will McLean


Urban Interactive

Valentina Croci