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author: winka dubbeldam
publisher: princeton architectural press
year: 2007
size: 224 pages, 19.8 x 22.9 cm
ISBN: 1568985355
ISBN13: 9781568985350

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how will the digital revolution shape architectural discourse, and architecture itself?

 

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this monograph of winka dubbeldam and her architectural firm archi-tectonics, explores the continual quest
to redefine architecture for the digital age. the dutch born, columbia university trained architect transplants the
intellectual trademarks of dutch architecture into her new york based studio. the firm’s work is defined by its
investigative approach, and like the book can be divided into three fields of overlapping investigation: armature,
surface and interface. however dubbeldam is not concerned with these issues on a formal level, but rather on
a performative level. her interest lies in approaching architecture from a more organismic angle, rather than the
traditional mechanistic approach of the previous generation.

the book chronicles archi-tectonics’ work with a project-by-project look at their research, experimentation and development. as reed kroloff proclaims in the introductory essay, although dubbeldam’s work is derived from objective data and research without regard for the esthetic implications, the results manage to be sensual and beautiful. this is evident through the entire collection of works sorted into the categories of armature, surface and interface.

each section features pieces of work from the firm as they relate to the chapter’s theme. each project is examined from multiple levels, including the inspiration, the process of examination, articulation and realization. dubbeldam’s fascination with data and information shines through as we are provided with tables, plans and graphs throughout the book. archi-tectonics takes full advantage of digital technology and it shows in their work. buildings and space are prototyped with 3-d software reflecting the flexibility and fluidity of architecture today. archi-tectonics and dubbeldam are leading members of the digital vanguard and their approach is indicative of architecture’s transformation and hints at its future evolution.

is it for me?

the book is an informative look at the work of archi-tectonics and winka dubbeldam. it does however take a very intellectual approach to architecture that isn’t very approachable to the casual reader. for the more applied reader, this book offers a very detailed look at the studio’s innovative architectural process.

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