Ghost Building an Architectural Vision

ISBN-10: 1568987366
ISBN-13: 9781568987361
Edition: 2008
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Description: For two weeks each summer, architect Brian MacKay-Lyons uses his family farm on the east coast of Nova Scotia for a special event . Among the stone ruins of a village almost four hundred years old, he assembles a community of architects, professors,  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320

For two weeks each summer, architect Brian MacKay-Lyons uses his family farm on the east coast of Nova Scotia for a special event . Among the stone ruins of a village almost four hundred years old, he assembles a community of architects, professors, and students for a design-build internship and educational initiative called Ghost Research Lab. The two-week projecta "one week of design and one-week of constructiona "rests on the idea that architecture is not only about building but also about the landscape, its history, and the community. Based on the apprenticeship environment of the ancient guilds, where architectural knowledge was transferred through direct experience, Ghost redefines the architect as a builder who cultivates and contributes to the quality of the native landscape. Published to celebrate the event's tenth anniversary, Ghost offers a thorough documentation of the past decadea (TM)s design-build events including drawings, models, and final photographs of completed structures. Organized chronologically and interwoven with MacKay-Lyonsa (TM)s simple and accessible personal narratives, Ghost also features essays by some of the most eminent figures in architectural criticism, including Christine Macy, Brian Carter, Karl Habermann, Robert Ivy, Kenneth Frampton, Thomas Fisher, Juhani Pallasmaa, Peter Buchanan, and Robert McCarter. In an architectural climate full of trends and egos, Ghost is the rare manifesto that does not preach but rather inspires quietly with simple ideas that unexpectedly unsettle and arouse.

Thomas Fisher works at the New Economics Foundation in London on issues of development finance, organizational development and accountability in both southern and northern countries Previously he was engaged in development training and research in India for five years.

Kenneth Frampton is the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

Preface
Ghost Stories
Hill
Concept and Construct/Earth and Sky
Landfall
Expedition to the Coast of Nova Scotia
Pots and Pans
The Bones of Ghosts: Structuring the Ephemeral
Why Albert Oxner Shingled His Barn
On the Fringes of the Empire
Barnyard
Seeing Ghosts
The Education of an Architect
The Dance of Construction
Village Architect
Escaping Normality to Embrace Reality
Willing
The Thought of Construction
Listening
Contributor Biographies
Ghost Participants
Image Credits
Acknowledgments

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