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SHoP Architects

Out of Practice

Philip Nobel, Kimberly J. Holden

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A superbly illustrated survey of the award-winning architecture firm, whose work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York


SHoP, a prominent New York-based architecture firm, has worked on numerous projects across the globe; its clients include the United Colours of Benetton, Virgin Atlantic, Google, Goldman Sachs and the City of New York; its work has won numerous awards – including the American National Design Award for Architecture in 2009 – and is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

This book reveals how SHoP achieved their success – not by kow-towing to tradition, but by looking outside the profession for inspiration and ideas, in both their buildings and their business model, keeping in line with their mission to create real-world architecture that considers how design, finance and technology can work together.

This volume explores six of the firm’s ideologies – practice, typology, politics, finances, sustainability and technology – based on six major projects as well as thirty smaller ones. This book’s organization will allow readers both to see and better understand the firm’s work and business strategies, as well as provide ideas to improve their own building projects.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 25.4 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 432 pp

Illustrations: 380

Publication date: 30 January 2012

ISBN: 9780500342664

Contents List

Six Essays: 1. Michael Speaks • 2. Practice • 3. Politics • 4. Finance • 5. Sustainability • 6. Technology • Six in-depth case studies: Dunescape Mitchell Park; East River Waterfront; Porter House; Carbon Zero Office Building; Fashion Institute of Technology • 30 other projects, including the Museum of Sex, Botswana Innovation Hub, Mulberry and the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

About the Author

Philip Nobel has written about architecture for the New York Times, Architectural Digest and Metropolis, among other publications. SHoP was founded in 1996 by partners Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples, William Sharples, Kimberly J. Holden and Gregg Pasquarelli.

SHoP Architects is an architecture firm in Lower Manhattan, New York City, with projects located on five continents. Kimberley J Holden is one of the 5 principals.

List of Contributors

Philip Nobel, Kimberly J. Holden, Gregg Pasquarelli, Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples, William Sharples