Item description for Scratching the Surface: New London Facades by London Architects by Andrew Watts...
New architecture in London presents a richly facetted range of contemporary urban designs. Social and political forces require more than just cosmetic packaging for new buildings. The faade as a public face plays a complex role here.
While facades used to perform a static, representative guide, the requirements today focus on communication and interactivity. "Scratching the Surface" surveys the current state of affairs and documents today's technical possibilities.
The book -- which can be used as a guide due to its handy format -- shows state-of-the-art faade construction. Its detailed technical renderings are meant to appeal to architects, planners and architecture students as well as civil engineers interested in architecture.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 26, 2007
ISBN 321171538X ISBN13 9783211715383
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More About Andrew Watts
ANDREW WATTS, born 1957. Over fifteen years experience working as an architect in facade and roofs detailing.
Andrew Watts currently resides in London. Andrew Watts was born in 1957.
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state-of-the-art urban architecture in London Dec 10, 2007
Not only the small size, but the content of this volume make it like a manual for architects, designers, urban planners, environmental engineers, and students. The majority of the visual matter is skilled, informative, and sometimes dramatic, in the style of that of many architecture art books; although small in size, this visual matter is patently not for showcasing notable architectural works. Rather, it mostly serves the educational purpose of the book. Some photographs, too, show architects and designers at work; and also working models of projects. Floor plans, computer-model diagrams of design or structural features, and such go beyond the content of the typical architecture book focusing on completed projects.
The text corresponds to the relatively technical nature of the visual matter. "The building seeks to exploit the material characteristics of the double-skin environmental facade...." And with another building, in reconceptualizing "how space should be prioritised [sic, British spelling]...the entrance doubles as a very large balcony." "Voids cut down behind the skin then break down the interior volume while allowing the exterior massing to remain intact." There are photographs to go with each part of the text. In many cases there are a few showing a subject from different angles and details of parts of it; and there are photographs showing an idea or a work-in-progress if this is the case.
All in all, this small, manual-size volume offers state-of-the art architectural content on all kinds of urban buildings from prominent architects and visionary designers and urban planners. Despite its diminutive size, it stands out.