* A highly topical investigation into the possibilities of total design, which is entirely focused on people and driven by a sustainable agenda. * A stunning visual publication that features specially commissioned photography by Christian Richters and Graham Branden.
Is the present obsession with the icon and the promotion of image over substance symptomatic of a general trend in contemporary architecture? Arup Associates provides the alternative: unified design. This straightforward, critical reflection on contemporary architecture -- a manifesto of sorts, polemical in parts, philosophical; and determined to set an honest agenda -- is divided into three sections. First, an explanation of unified design. Next, a demonstration of the sustainable agenda that is a the heart of this practice. Finally, a complementary series of essays by respected commentators outside of the practice place the vision of people-focused design in the context of other critical social thought.
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Paul Brislin is a principal at Arup Associates, the London-based architectural design studio of Arup Group, the multinational consulting engineering company. Arup Associates is internationally renowned for its multidisciplinary approach to design: architects work alongside structural and environmental engineers in integrated teams.?
The book includes contributions from: Jonathan Glancey, the architectural correspondent of The Guardian; Jay Merrick the architectural correspondent of The Independent; architectural authors Juhani Pallasmaa and Leon van Schaik; as well as from Mike Bevan and Declan O'Carroll, principals of Arup Associates.
Table of Contents
Foreword (Gary Lawrence). Introduction (Jonathan Glancey). ONE: UNIFIED THINKING. Unified Design: A Radical Wholeness (Jay Merrick in conversation with Declan O'Carroll) Plantation Lane: Time and Tide (Arup Associates: Dialogue with Memory) Sustaining Design (Herbert Girardet n conversation with Michael Beaven) Vauxhall Cross Transport Interchange, London (Arup Associates: Sustainable Regeneration. TWO: THE WORLD OF THE SENSES. Unifying the Senses: Architecture as Lived Experience (Juhani Pallasmaa) Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh, Northern Himalayas (Arup Associates: Holistic Design in a Climate Extremes). Spatial Intelligence and Place-Making (Leon van Schaik). THREE: DESIGNING THE WHOLE. Collaborative Engineering (Arup Associates). Arup Associates: Themes and Ideas. Picture Credits and Acknowledgements. Arup Associates 2000-08.
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