Natural Architecture

ISBN-10: 1568987218
ISBN-13: 9781568987217
Edition: 2007
Authors: Alessandro Rocca
List price: $39.95
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Description: Never has the relationship between art and nature been more complicated and more fragile, but also richer and more fascinating. The artists and architects inNatural Architecturehave transformed the act of building into an art form capable of  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 8/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 9.44" wide x 6.50" long x 0.93" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Never has the relationship between art and nature been more complicated and more fragile, but also richer and more fascinating. The artists and architects inNatural Architecturehave transformed the act of building into an art form capable of sparking new relationships with nature, landscape, and the environment. Though far from basic or primitive, these creations are built from humble elements branches, twigs, pebbles, straw, stone found at their site. Fulfilling a wide variety of intentions sometimes structural, sometimes sculptural, sometimes sacred the works presented here inspire a sense of awe and reverence for the forces of nature. From a bridge in Tibet connecting an orphanage and a nearby village, to a hut fit for mythical creatures, to a pavilion in Iceland with a roof made of water perpetually frozen in an exuberant shape, each project resonates with a sense of purpose and innate beauty. Natural Architecturepresents sixty-six site-specific installations that use raw materials, manual labor, and natural stimuli to create truly green architecture that is as organic as the materials with which it is created. Projects by Olafur Eliasson, Patrick Dougherty, Nils-Udo, Ex. Studio, Edward Ng, nArchitects, and many others are shown together for the first time. Selected for their commitment to the use of raw materials, manual labor, and natural inspiration, these works are vividly displayed in photographs, drawings, and models. These fantastical creations allow the changing landscape to naturally overtake each structure until it finally decomposes. Each project is accompanied by a series of photographs, drawings, and models. The rugged and surreal beauty of the projects inNatural Architecturequestion the wisdom of our ever accelerating construction processes and point a way forward, toward a new organic simplicity of structure and form.

The Pioneers
David Nash
Bruni & Babarit
Mikael Hansen
Giuliano Mauri
Sanfte Strukturen
Ichi Ikeda
Jackie Brookner
Yutaka Kobayashi
Nils-Udo
Francois Mechain
Architecture Without Architects
Armin Schubert
Chris Drury
Patrick Dougherty
Edward Ng
N Architects
Olafur Eliasson
Ex.Studio
Bibliography
The Artists

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