DescriptionIs the present obsession with the icon and the promotion of image over substance symptomatic of a general trend in contemporary architecture? Arup Associates provides the alternative: unified design. This straightforward, critical reflection on contemporary architecture -- a manifesto of sorts, polemical in parts, philosophical; and determined to set an honest agenda -- is divided into three sections. First, an explanation of unified design. Next, a demonstration of the sustainable agenda that is a the heart of this practice. Finally, a complementary series of essays by respected commentators outside of the practice place the vision of people-focused design in the context of other critical social thought.
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Introduction (Jonathan Glancey).
ONE: UNIFIED THINKING.
Unified Design: A Radical Wholeness (Jay Merrick in conversation with Declan O'Carroll)
Plantation Lane: Time and Tide (Arup Associates: Dialogue with Memory)
Sustaining Design (Herbert Girardet n conversation with Michael Beaven)
Vauxhall Cross Transport Interchange, London (Arup Associates: Sustainable Regeneration.
TWO: THE WORLD OF THE SENSES.
Unifying the Senses: Architecture as Lived Experience (Juhani Pallasmaa)
Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh, Northern Himalayas (Arup Associates: Holistic Design in a Climate Extremes).
Spatial Intelligence and Place-Making (Leon van Schaik).
THREE: DESIGNING THE WHOLE.
Collaborative Engineering (Arup Associates).
Arup Associates: Themes and Ideas.
Picture Credits and Acknowledgements.
Arup Associates 2000-08.