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The Function of Ornament [Paperback]

By Farshid Moussavi (Editor) & Michael Kubo (Editor)
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Architecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture. It achieves this by continually capturing the forces that shape society as material to work with. Architecture's materiality is therefore a composite one, made up of visible forces (structural, functional, physical) as well as invisible forces (cultural, political, temporal). Architecture progresses through new concepts that connect with these forces, manifesting itself in new aesthetic compositions and affects. Ornament is the by-product of this process, through which architectural material is organized to transmit unique affects.
This book is a graphic guide to ornaments in the twentieth century. It unveils the function of ornament as the agent for specific affects, dismantling the idea that ornament is applied to buildings as a discrete or non-essential entity. Each case operates through greater or lesser depth to exploit specific synergies between the exterior and the interior, constructing an internal order between ornament and material. These internal orders produce expressions that are contemporary, yet whose affects are resilient in time.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2006
Publisher   Actar
ISBN  8496540502  
ISBN13  9788496540507  

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More About Farshid Moussavi & Michael Kubo

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Farshid Moussavi is Professor in Practice in the Department of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She trained at Harvard GSD, the Bartlett School of Architecture University College London and Dundee University. Moussavi was co-founder and co-principal of Foreign Office Architects before establishing her own practice, Farshid Moussavi Architecture, in London in 2011.

Farshid Moussavi currently resides in Cambridge.

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1Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Interior Design > Decoration & Ornament
2Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > General
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
4Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Project Planning & Management

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Limited view  Jun 5, 2008
The title suggests that this book is about architectural ornament, but it really covers only an extremely limited, and not particularly interesting, part of that rich topic.
Function of Ornament  May 4, 2008
THis book is very helpful for a studio that focus' on facade elements and how to express identity. Has lots of precedent studies and is full of inspiration for designing your own facade systems. It is mostly line drawings with some text where needed. I think it is a very well put together book and I definitely recommend it to any architecture student who is studying facade systems.
Great Case Studies  Feb 8, 2008
Beautiful and useful; as a Professor of Architecture I will be recommending this volume to all of my students.
Just for student, not for a professional  Dec 2, 2007
Diagrams are looking good,but all lack of real professional structural analysis. Just good enough for students and good initial approach.
But I am really worry about some miss-understanding of facade structure by unclear student's language & non-experienced peoeple's analysis
Nice presentation of some innovative architectural systems  May 21, 2007
In this graphic guide to building ornamentation in the twentieth century, Moussavi and Kubo have collected an interesting cross-section of architectural projects that demonstrate the mechanisms through which contemporary architecture connects itself to current culture.

Through the selected case study projects, the editors endeavor to illustrate the means through which ornamentation is the very essence of the building. Not being merely 'ornamental' and self-indulgent, the articulation presented is indeed the agent of the architect's ideas.

Various materials and effects are investigated ranging from 'dematerialized light' to 'relief patterns'. The impressive array of diagrams are extremely clear and useful. A typical system is defined through perspective views, sections, pattern diagrams, detailed assembly drawings and relevant notes.

If you are looking for component and systems analysis of projects such as Future Systems' amorphous Selfridges Department Store or Herzog and de Meuron's embossed copper skin at the De Young Museum; look no further.

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