A mesmerizing paean to the interconnectedness of science, art, and nature from one of the world's most innovative architects and structural engineers.
The genius of Cecil Balmond is behind some of the world's most exciting architectural endeavors. From Anish Kapoor's gigantic sculpture at the Tate Modern to Rem Koolhaas' CCTV buildings in Beijing, Balmond is the unsung hero of modern architecture. In Element, his third book, he offers a glimpse into his creative process.
Following a loose yet logical configuration, Element uses pattern, mathematical reasoning, and advanced technology to create an unconventional exploration of design. Balmond's narrative unfolds in three conceptual chapters--elements, pattern, nature--linked by two conceptual bridges--digital "tectonics" and numbers. Each of these aspects relates to each other in a number of ways, leading to a series of narratives, the correlations of which recall the archetypal Chinese wheel. The book is a highly engrossing journey of the world around us seen from different, multiple angles.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2008
Publisher Prestel Publishing
ISBN 3791337785 ISBN13 9783791337784
Availability 0 units.
More About Cecil Balmond
CECIL BALMOND collaborates with architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito, and Daniel Libeskind and carries out his own research and design projects through Arup's Advanced Geometry Unit. He has received numerous awards for his work, and has taught at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and the Yale School of Architecture. He is currently Deputy Chairman of Ove Arup and Partners Limited and Cret Professor of Architecture at PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania.
This is an amazingly poetic and innovative book that brings together nature, art and science at the most basic level. "Element" provides insights into different worlds not immediately visible to the untrained eye; patterns within patterns that slowly emerge with every new reading of the different passages. This is a wonderful blend of aesthetics and philosophical thought. Everything about the book is very impressive, the text, the carefully selected photos, the concepts it addresses, the layout, etc.. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and re-reading it! Element
Simple precursors to design modelling Jun 20, 2008
The book was a surprise. As stated by other reviewers it has a hightened sense of graphic representation, with overlay line and pattern making searching out patterns in specifically chosen natural landscapes... It was this back to a base principle that was the interesting part. Basic yes. Fundamental yes. It leaves you with more a 'taught to fish' rather than 'given the fish' approach - which can be most infuriating when wishing to have a straight and direct answer. It a book that with a mind emptied of immediate questions will delight both mentally and aesthetically. I recommended this text for the simplicity of underlying basics that leads to the more complex.
disappointed Apr 27, 2008
I really enjoyed Balmond's previous book, "Informal", so I bought this one right away. But instead of a inspired engineer sharing his knowledge about complex design, here you can find drawings on photographs of beautiful landscapes (searching for patterns) and his "poetic" thoughts on nature. I have to say that this book is beautiful and well designed, but is not challenging intellectually like I hoped. If you're interested in architecture, stick to "Informal", way better than this one.