Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and DesignThe past twenty years have seen a new generation of artists working together in small groups and large collectives to explore new avenues of art, design, performance, and communication. In Come Together, author and visual artist Francesco Spampina..
Detail in ProcessWhat separates good architecture from great architecture? The difference lies in the details. The way an architect chooses to treat architectural detailingscreens and walls, doors and windows, roofs, bridges, and stairscan transform the merely ordinary into the extraordinary. Detail..
Details, Technology, and FormThe AsBuilt series is dedicated to presenting recent examples of formal and material innovation in architecture through detail and technical drawings, diagrams, photographs, and work-in-progress material, including fabrication and assembly. Details, Technology, and Form,..
Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material TechniquesArchitectural pioneers such as Frank Gehry and Greg Lynn introduced the world to the extreme forms made possible by digital fabrication. It is now possible to transfer designs made on a computer to computer-controlled machinery that creates ..
Extreme Textiles: Designing for High PerformanceStronger, faster, lighter, safer, smarter—these are the textiles of tomorrow. From the carbon-fiber composite bicycle frame to the cardiac constraint sock and the Mars Pathfinder landing airbags, material innovations surround us. Our landscape, our bui..
FOBA: BuildingsPure. Minimal. Simple. These are the words commonly used to describe the work of contemporary Japanese architects. FOBA, an internationally celebrated architectural practice based in Kyoto, looks beyond the aesthetics of minimalism, instead finding inspiration in the relationships bet..
Graphic Design Discourse: Evolving Theories, Ideologies, and Processes of Visual CommunicationIf the aim of graphic design is to communicate meaning clearly, there’s an irony that the field itself has struggled between two contradictory opposites: rote design resulting from a rigorous, fixed set of ..
Graphic Design: The New Basics How do designers get ideas? Many spend their time searching for clever combinations of forms, fonts, and colors inside the design annuals and monographs of other designers’ work. For those looking to challenge the cut-and-paste mentality thereare few resources tha..
Green Roof-A Case Study: Michael Van Valkeenburgh Associates’ Design for the Headquarters of the American Society of Landscape ArchitectsThe benefits of green roofs are many: longer roof lifespan, greater sound insulation, reduced heating and cooling system needs, and a cutback in storm water runoff..
Integrated Design in Contemporary ArchitectureListen in on any conversation about architecture these days and you will almost certainly hear the buzzword of early-twenty-first century building sustainability. But just how sustainable must a building be to earn that sought-after designation? How must..
Manual of SectionAlong with plan and elevation, section is one of the essential representational techniques of architectural design; among architects and educators, debates about a project’s section are common and often intense. Until now, however, there has been no framework to describe or evaluate..
Materials for Design 2As architecture and design programs throughout the world break out of the classroom and adopt the holistic methods of design/build programs, the need for a textbook that bridges the gap between construction materials and design sensibility is sorely needed. In Materials for Des..