Philosopher Georg Lukacs described the style of a piece of work as the attempt to reproduce one's view of the world within it. Looked at in this way, he says, style ceases to be a formalistic category but rather, “it is rooted in content; it is the specific form of a specific content.” After all, style is not technique, but ought to convey an intention. Sociologist Georg Simmel said that style is the aesthetic attempt to provide a “unifying encompassing context”.
This series is about the content and context of style.
Undoubtedly, it will irritate and enthuse but it is intended to be a fillip for our contemporary era in which style is often equated with fashion - where style can be dismissed in order to avoid dealing with its essence. Therefore these essays are not style over substance, but the very substance of style.
The De Stijl manifesto of 1918 argued that the liberal arts should engage in a dialogue to create a new “wisdom of life”. The robustness of these essays suggests that such an ambition still resonates. Such an exchange can still appear vital and captivating.
Each Style: In Defence Of… confronts us with new ideas for contemplation and critique. We hope that minds might be open to critically engage with each of these polemical bulletins. In so doing, we might reasonably formulate what we stand for.
Patrik Schumacher is a partner at Zaha Hadid Architects
Author Patrik Schumacher offers innovative treatment thatenriches architectural theory with a coordinated arsenal ofconcepts facilitating both detailed analysis and insightfulcomparisons with other domains, such as art, science and politics.He explores how the various modes of communication comprisingarchitecture depend upon each other, combine, and form a uniquesubsystem of society that co-evolves with other importantautopoietic subsystems like art, science, politics and theeconomy.
The first of two volumes that together present a comprehensiveaccount of architecture's autopoiesis, this book elaborates thetheory of architecture?s autopoeisis in 8 parts, 50 sections and200 chapters. Each of the 50 sections poses a thesis drawing acentral message from the insights articulated within the respectivesection. The 200 chapters are gathering and sorting the accumulatedintelligence of the discipline according to the new conceptualframework adopted, in order to catalyze and elaborate the newformulations and insights that are then encapsulated in the theses.However, while the theoretical work in the text of the chaptersrelies on the rigorous build up of a new theoretical language, thetheses are written in ordinary language ? with the theoreticalconcepts placed in brackets. The full list of the 50 theses affordsa convenient summary printed as appendix at the end of thebook.
The second volume completes the analysis of the discourse andfurther proposes a new agenda for contemporary architecture inresponse to the challenges and opportunities that confrontarchitectural design within the context of current societal andtechnological developments.
Complete Book of Framing, Second Edition is an updated,easy-to-learn guide to rough carpentry and framing written by anexpert with more than thirty years of framing experience. This bookguides the reader through the steps on framing floors, walls,roofs, door and window openings, and stairs. Hundreds of colorphotographs and illustrations help the reader understand the basicsas well as advanced framing methods. This Second Edition isupdated to match the framing techniques to the 2009 InternationalBuilding Code, and introduces the concept of "green framing"regarding material use and handling.Deals with the new corrosive treating methods that began to beused in 2004 for pressure treated woodCovers the time and energy-saving benefits of positiveplacement nail guns, which have become the industry standard forfastening light gage hardwareIncludes a glue-laminated beam weight chart, along with adescription of crane operations for setting these beams
Starting with the basics, this book begins with types of lumber,nails, and what tools are needed, followed by detailed, fullyillustrated steps for framing each building element—fromplanning and layout through specific nailing patterns.Framer-Friendly Tips throughout the book show how to get a taskdone right—and more easily.
Whereas the first volume provides the theoretical groundwork forSchumacher’s ideas – focusing on architecture as anautopoeitic system, with its own theory, history, medium and itsunique societal function – the second volume addresses thespecific, contemporary challenges and tasks that architecturefaces. It formulates these tasks, looking specifically at howarchitecture is seeking to organize and articulate the complexityof post-fordist network society. The volume explicitly addresseshow current architecture can upgrade its design methodology in theface of an increasingly demanding task environment, characterizedby both complexity and novelty. Architecture’s specific rolewithin contemporary society is explained and its relationship topolitics is clarified. Finally, the new, global style ofParametricism is introduced and theoretically grounded.
For over three decades, Building Construction Illustratedhas offered an outstanding introduction to the principles ofbuilding construction. This new edition of the revered classicremains as relevant as ever, providing the latest information inFrancis D.K. Ching's signature style. Its rich and comprehensiveapproach clearly presents all of the basic concepts underlyingbuilding construction.
New to this edition are digital enhancements delivered as anonline companion to the print edition and also embedded in e-bookeditions. Features include a 3D model showing how buildingcomponents come together in a final project.llustrated throughout with clear and accurate drawings thatpresent the state of the art in construction processes andmaterialsUpdated and revised to include the latest knowledge onsustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of newmaterialsContains archetypal drawings that offer clear inspiration fordesigners and draftersReflects the 2012 International Building Codes and 2012 LEEDsystem
This new edition of Building Construction Illustratedremains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledgepresented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does notdisappoint.
The Interactive Resource Center is an online learningenvironment where instructors and students can access the toolsthey need to make efficient use of their time, while reinforcingand assessing their understanding of key concepts for successfulunderstanding of the course. An access card with redemption codefor the online Interactive Resource Center isincluded with all new, print copies or can bepurchased separately. (***If you rent or purchase aused book with an access code, the access code may have beenredeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code-ISBN: 9781118986837).
The online Interactive Resource Center containsresources tied to the book, such as:Interactive Animations highlighting key conceptsPhoto Gallery of architectural precedents illustrated in thebookFlashcards for focused learning
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition isthe classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architecturaldesign, updated with new information on emerging trends and recentdevelopments. This bestselling visual reference helps both studentsand professionals understand the vocabulary of architectural designby examining how space and form are ordered in the environment.
Essential and timeless, the fundamental elements of space andform still present a challenge to those who crave a deeperunderstanding. Taking a critical look at the evolution of spaces,Architecture distills complex concepts of design into aclear focus that inspires, bringing difficult abstractions to life.The book is illustrated throughout to demonstrate the conceptspresented, and show the relationships between fundamental elementsof architecture through the ages and across cultures. Topicsinclude:Primary elements and the principles of space designForm and space, including light, view, openings, andenclosuresOrganization of space, and the elements and relationships ofcirculationProportion and scale, including proportioning systems andanthropometry