By Sir Peter Cook
Organised into nine elements that spotlight a variety of architectural causes, corresponding to ‘Architecture as Theatre’, ‘Stretching the Vocabulary’ and ‘The urban of enormous and Small’, the workbook offers inspiring key subject matters for readers to take their cue from whilst beginning a layout. reasons hide a wide-range of labor that epitomise the subject matter. those contain old and Modernist examples, issues saw on the street, paintings via present cutting edge architects and from Cook’s personal wealthy archive, weaving jointly a wealthy and colourful visible scrapbook of the typical and the architectural, and previous and present.
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Such a condition is traceable in the London-based architect Maria Knutsson-Hall’s project on ‘Architecture and Nature’ (2012). This biophilic and biomorphic design is inspired by the sloth, that slow-moving animal whose body seems to willingly act as a home for other animals, fungi and algae. In the project, the vegetated building becomes less and less controlled and nature will slowly infiltrate the built structure and take over its full tectonics. So the vocabulary of parts is in constant disintegration or metamorphosis.
The combination of planning restrictions and a rich imagination result in a building that avoids the expected niceties of formality. It is woven and unselfconsciously organic – as befits a house for ‘escape’ from the day-to-day world. element of considerable size: hardly modest, hardly ambiguous, deliberately unnatural and naughty. A deliberate break with all the drifting and creeping and ambiguity of the rest. And then more drawing and drifting, a watercourse that becomes a creek and a seashore: by this stage there are sufficient ‘carrier’ elements, sufficient repeated elements and a comfortableness of the language set up by near-repetition to be able to carry the thrust of the research: the plant-like forms could say something about formation, cover or organisation, but were not tectonic.
They were nonetheless able to enjoy constructing odd or experimental pieces in a courtyard that resembled that of some British club in India, or on the larger grassed area that was (in that particular American judgement of scale) too small to be a meadow and too large to be a quadrangle or lawn. The key ‘show-offs’ were English- and Austrian-made giant inflatables and prototypical robotic architecture which imported the true Europeans’ understanding of the creative vibe of Los Angeles: its art, technics, pop, temporariness and invention.
Architecture Workbook: Design through Motive by Sir Peter Cook