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Phylogenesis foa's ark: foreign office architects [Hardcover]

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Item description for Phylogenesis foa's ark: foreign office architects by Sanford Kwinter, Mark Wigley, Detlef Mertins & Jeffrey Kipnis...

Description: Phylogenesis--wait, we'll explain the title soon--is structured as a reflection on the work that Foreign Office Architects (FOA) has produced during its first 10 years of practice. With its genesis as a primarily speculative and academic endeavor, FOA has recently expended much energy in the development of a technical arsenal for implementing real projects. Such explorations have been undertaken through a series of competitions, speculative commissions, and lately some real projects, some of them already completed, others still under construction. The outcome of these years is seen not just as a series of experiments, defined by the specific conditions of a project, but as a consistent reservoir of architectural species to be proliferate, mutated, and evolved in the near future. With the spirit of a scientific classification, the genesis of the projects is here identified as the evolution of a series of "phylums," actualized--and simultaneously virtualized--in their application to the specific conditions where the projects take place. Phylogenesis also includes an FOA-curated compilation of previously published texts from several critics who analyze "external" topics that relate to different aspects of the firm's discourse.

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Pages   600
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 5" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 2, 2004
Publisher   Actar
ISBN  8495951479  
ISBN13  9788495951472  

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More About Sanford Kwinter, Mark Wigley, Detlef Mertins & Jeffrey Kipnis

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Architecture
2Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Architects, A-Z > General
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Great but could be better  Apr 26, 2007
The Best: The proyect, the inteligent calisification, the graphics, the perspectives, the images of the proyects (amazing), the view and of course, the architecture.

The Worst: The size of the plans inside the book, and the information on it about planimetric and detail construction.

Conlucion: Buy it... is really good book
Encyclopedia of FOA  May 6, 2004
Very good book with an interesting structure/classification system for their projects. Projects are well described in text and graphics, and the essays that are inserted between 'sections' add an interesting perspective towards architecture and artistic/cultural theory in contemporary practice from several authors viewpoints, not just the firms. This is FOA's S,M,L,XL (with less bulk) with all projects (to date) presented and explained in detail.

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