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B-zone: Becoming Europe And Beyond [Paperback]

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This collaborative research and art project investigates ongoing changes to the social and political geographies of the land from southeast Europe (the Balkans) to Turkey and the Caucasus. Each of its three core projects follows the trajectory of a large-scale piece of infrastructure laid down in a former Communist state: "The Black Sea Files" explores the new pipeline connecting Baku, the world's oldest oil capital, on the Caspian shore, with the Mediterranean; "Timescapes" follows the EU-financed "Corridor X" along the Yugoslav "Highway of Brotherhood and Unity," the historic migration route connecting Germany with Turkey; and "Postwar Footprints" tracks telecommunications and satellite systems before and after the Balkan Wars. Each of the sites on which these projects are coming together, each backdrop to a new economic strategy, is a site of lived experience: each has seen mass migration and war. The creators of B-Zone consider the implications of the land as palimpsest. Their simple accumulation of information and facts--photographs, maps, words--is powerful, but B-Zone is more than a glossy dossier or an expose. Its artistic and theoretical approaches interlace the symbolic production of subjective and collective spaces of representation with the "silent language" of infrastructure.

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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.56" Width: 6.22" Height: 1.34"
Weight:   1.94 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2006
Publisher   Actar/Kunst-Werke Berlin
ISBN  8496540057  
ISBN13  9788496540057  

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Some interesting approaches to the 'organic' in architecture  May 22, 2007
Fifth in the Actar 'boogazine' series, Verb Natures is a search for the natural or the organic in architecture. The selected works are as varied as the approaches or design methodologies demonstrated. Certain projects strive for that 'simple' complexity that is often found in genuine natural conditions. Manuel Gausa's 'Land-Arch' project, for instance, explores the ease in which natural systems lend themselves to shifting between scales. Gausa shows the flexibility inherent in natural systems by extending their influence to general program organization and envelope articulation. In contrast is Hitoshi Abe's AIP French Restaurant that choses to simulate nature through the use of imagery and modern fabrication processes. With a thoughtfully articulated screen, Abe manages to create a natural sensibility as it relates to a quality of light rather than structure.

The 'natural' in architecture, as frequently depicted in this book, seems largely informed by mathematical processes. Various algorithms or mathematical expressions are created or utilized as generators of form or structure. The goal often appears to be auto-generative architecture with the intention of removing the influence or 'hand' of the designer. Arguably, this isn't easily accomplished as one has to make certain decisions related to the creation, manipulation and implementation of such processes.

The occasional interviews with the designers are quite interesting and provide excellent insight into the ideas driving each project. This is another well-crafted Actar publication with generous photos, drawings and text.

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