Global Design Trends in Architecture 2: Strip Stacking Architecture
Global Design Trends in Architecture 2: Strip Stacking Architecture/全球建筑设计风潮 2: 条形 叠式建筑
主编/Editor: ThinkArchit Group
出版时间/Publication Date: 2013.10
出版社/Press: 华中科技大学出版社 / Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press
Architecture today, more than ever, can be described as pluralistic, varied, diverse, individual or even narcissistic, often based on cultural, climatic or location influences, but at times based on formal expressionism ¨C the need to be unique, to stand out, and the misused notion that every building needs to be an iconic object, a recognizable symbol. Architecture has become the fulfillment of identity through uniqueness with seemingly each project vying for attention. This statement is meant to be thought-provoking. Browsing these pages and projects, one has to question the motivation for the formal compositions and geometries expressed. What are the goals for these projects? What causes the responses seen in these images? These are reasonable questions to ask of each. As individual objects, each of these projects can be seen as elegant and notable in their own right. They are the epitome of architecture today ¨C noteworthy, recognizable, and thought-provoking.
The projects here are global in location, but international in execution and identity. Architects today are from one place, but are not necessarilyarchitects of the place they are from. They work globally, they think globally, yet their projects often cannot be identified with the place that they are built. Perhaps in our globally-connected world, this is as it should be. Perhaps it is due to the industry that constructs these visions. Perhaps it is the very nature of our global economy.
Together, the projects presented in this book represent a series of executed concepts in form, materiality, composition, and vision across many scales and building types, from urban to garden, from tall to small. Collectively, they provide a measure for global architecture today. They may be disliked by some or revered by others. They may be whimsical or anticipating the future. Some are obviously ordered; some are seemingly chaotic. Some are static, others dynamic. Some test our understanding and concepts of what is normal. Some explore ideas of materiality. Some think in tested ideas of light and shadow. Many rethink technology, using materials and techniques in new and sometimes uncharted ways. Some use digital parametric capabilities as a way of envisioning and executing. The project teams whose work is represented here deal with the real issues of architecture and urbanism today: the buzz words such as green, sustainable, connectedness, net zero, and new urbanism. They are sometimes trendy, looking for immediate recognition, but underlying some of these is the real potential to become ascendant.
Global Design Trends in Architecture is as much about the exciting, new, imaginative, and innovative projects of the last year as it is meant to elicit a thought process about the state of architecture, its impact on our collective environment, and the question of what role architecture should play in our environment, in our cities, and in our lives. In an effort to facilitate our need for order and to aid our understanding, this book has been loosely divided into typological categories: STACKING ARCHITECTURE, STRIP ARCHITECTURE, IRREGULAR ARCHITECTURE, and FLUID ARCHITECTURE. Constant looking, understanding, and self-criticism allow us to continue the dialogue and thought processes used to establish our built environment. The goal of this work is to facilitate these vital activities. Enjoy.