Saturday, October 8, 2011

Book - Event Cities 4 Concept and Form

via UrbanTick

Increasingly architecture is produced globally. Large offices are delivering projects for clients more than half way across the world making it a very international profession. It is however mainly a oneway relationship with western practices operating for Middle Eastern or Asian clients. This means that even though there are financial benefits and gains in prestige, there are cultural differences and difficulties.
This applies both to the design process and the design as such in a form sense. Architecture is widely acknowledged as a cultural product and therefore this practice could be seen as a sort of cultural export of both practice and product, resulting in quite some problematic entanglement for architecture practices interested in contextual based design processes.
So far this dilema has had little focus, with large practices actually denying its existence for the past ten years at least. However, things are changing and practices are searching for ways and means to conceptualise this problem in order to develop a response.  
Bernhard Tschumi puts in his new book, Event-Cities 4: Concept-Form, published by MIT Press in late 2010, such a concept forward and presents how he and his practice has developed a process tool to takle this dilemma. 

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The Language of Towns and Cities

Urbanization, Urban India and Metropolitan Cities in India.

Book Review: Spatial Decision Support for Urban and Environmental Planning: A Collection of Case Studies, Edited by Davide Geneletti and Alias Abdullah

Can Designers Solve the Problem of Urban Wasteland?

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