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Material Innovation: Architecture (Material Innovation)

Andrew H. Dent, Leslie Sherr

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From the 'Material Innovation' series which examines the new and innovative materials that are transforming art, design and technology practice


Packed full of in-depth case studies Material Innovation: Architecture will connect material to reader and will inspire both students and professionals to pursue the optimal material for each specific application.

This volume focuses on specific categories of materials – glass and ceramic, altered naturals, high-performance composites, digitally fabricated metals and polymer films – applied to an extensive range of projects, from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to the Ordos Art and City Museum in Mongolia. Seven specially commissioned ‘visual narratives’ by such architects as Zaha Hadid are also included.

The series is being produced in association with Material ConneXion, a materials consultancy agency with unparalleled expertise in innovative and sustainable materials. Its materials library of advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes is the largest of its kind in the world.

With a preface by George M. Beylerian, the founder of Material ConneXion, and an introduction by Gail Peter Borden, the head of Architecture at the University of Southern California, the texts are authoritative and yet also accessible.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 24.0 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 415

Publication date: 12 May 2014

ISBN: 9780500291283

Contents List

Preface; Hariri Pontarini Architects visual narrative; Introduction; Steven Holl Architects visual narrative; Chapter 1, Glass & Ceramics; Chapter 2, Altered Naturals; Chapter 3, High-performance Composites; Chapter 4, Digitally Fabricated Metals; Chapter 5, Polymer Films

About the Author

Andrew H. Dent directs Material ConneXion’s research into innovative materials and processes.

Leslie Sherr has worked as a brand strategist for such leading communication design firms as C&G Partners, Carbone Smolan Agency and Desgrippes Gobé & Associates.

List of Contributors

George M. Beylerian, Gail Peter Borden

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