Sunday, July 5, 2009

Beyond Architecture

I recently acquired this book and attended the lecture and discussion for the launch. Architecture needs some invigorating PR to help it move away from its perception as society's tyrannical (or failling that, disrespectful) overlord, and this is an asset to its accessibility. The theme is heavy, and from a superlekker German publisher 'Gestalten', which has published a range of tangental themes. Check out the thumbnailed spreads on the site, and other titles.

Publisher's web-blurb:

'Beyond Architecture' is the first publication of its kind to document the creative exploration of architecture and urban propositions in the contemporary arts. The projects collected in this book demonstrate how not only architects and designers, but also artists are taking architecture as a starting point for experimentation. They range from performance, installation art and crafted sculptures to architectural models, alternative ideas for living spaces and furniture, as well as illustration, painting, collage and photography. Through stunning photography, visuals and complementary texts, these visionary concepts reveal the hidden creative potential for architecture and urban environments in inventive ways.'

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