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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (19 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470717149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470717141
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 0.9 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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elegantand arresting providing a visually strong bookazine thatcelebrates the aesthetics of architecture. (ComputerArts, August 2010).

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This title of AD heralds a new era of exuberance in digital design. Having overcome the alienation and otherness of the cyber, having mastered the virtual qualities and protocols of the parametric, having achieved the intricacy and elegance of the digital, and having fully embraced the potential of 3–D computer software and cad/cam manufacturing technologies, it is now time for architects to show off ! Conjure up the extravagance of furniture design, the abundance of cgi in Hollywood, the profuseness of bio–techno ornamentation or the lavishness of Middle–Eastern and Asian super–urbanism. Exuberance not only celebrates new Baroque theatricality, formal sophistication and digital virtuosity; it also debates a plethora of joyful and intelligent ways in which experimental architecture manages to cope with the contemporary turmoil in global politics, economics and ecology.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Miles VINE VOICE on 3 May 2010
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A collection of computer-generated renditions of perhaps a more optimistic,forward looking and more human architecture than the strict neomodernism of the past 20 years have established as the norm.

I live in Qatar, the wealthiest per capita country in the world, and one of the few places on the planet with the financial resources and youthful brio of an emerging country to really go to town on futuristic architecture. There's a lot of very, very weird buildings going up round here, all of which were only possible because computers could be used to prefabricate parts and calculate structural validity. The King's son here lives in an enormous concrete snail on the beach: A bank is held up by huge artificial tree roots. A library is a green aluminium flying saucer floating on 100 meter tall supports. A skyscraper hotel has an outdoor swimming pool halfway up it's length, ringing the building. Such things are possible if one has the money and the gusto to build them.

So perhaps because of that I see the computer renditions of fantastical organic buildings herein as nearer being actual possibilities than mere fantasy. These buildings, in part inspired by SF videogames and comics,are about confidence and hope for the future, something that's obviously a bit lacking in the West at the moment.

Beyond that, it's a beauifully illustrated and laid out magazine. The supporting articles were a bit too difficult for me to grasp, but it's obviously aimed at professionals rather than casual punters like meself. Lovely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 April 2010
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It was a bold move to launch the redesign of octogenarian Architectural Design magazine with an issue mostly focussing on virtual and, as the cover describes it, "exuberant" designs. As editor Helen Castle perceptively puts it in the editorial, this is a challenging issue that might split the readership but it's true to the spirit of what architecture should strive for, in that it should make you think and open your mind to new spatial and thematic possibilities.

Not being an architect myself, I'll readily admit that for the first half of the issue I spent more time viewing the pictures and captions than reading the articles, but the further towards the end of the issue the more interesting and relevant to me the articles became. I point out "Biodiversity targets as the basis for green design" as being an exceptionally excellent article. That's not to say that the first half of the magazine was not without merit to me. I found some designs, especially those by Jisuk Lee and Steven Ma, inspirational. Some others I hated, but then again these are mostly desktop studies anyway so I'm not likely to walk into a church with body effigies hanging from the ceiling. Every profession has its tormented souls I suppose, but that guy's in need of therapy.

Not all the articles courted my disinterest; I found the ideas about sculpting a building's form based upon environmental factors intriguing. But I also read enough to see that the Editor had made a lamentable oversight - if you're talking about virtual architecture it's sloppy thinking not to include any examples of building design from science fiction and computer game worlds. Those designs I liked so much? Original designs perhaps, but far from original concepts.

My last comment has to be on the redesign of the format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By techpuppy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2010
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Architecture always struck me as one of the most ego-driven of the creative arts, though not necessarily in a bad way - you're tasked with creating objects that will last in perpetuity and not just for the length of a theatrical run, so you can be forgiven for thinking big. The guest editor of this edition of AD, Marjan Colletti, perhaps needs more forgiveness than most, not so much for the quality of his architecture but certainly for his prose. He stuffs every line with as many buzz-words as possible, references as many concepts (real or imagined) as possible and tries desperately to sound insightful but I'm really not sure who he thinks will be impressed by this self-indulgent drivel. It just comes off as embarrassingly adolescent and pretentious beyond belief and on this evidence I doubt he could tell the difference between an architectural movement and a bowel movement - or that he'd even try.

Luckily his choice of features is much more engaging and there are some exciting and compelling examples of current design thinking elsewhere in this edition. It seems slightly ironic that it takes so much computational muscle to produce designs so inspired by natural forms and phenomenon, but seeing what a great architect can do with these facilities is fascinating. I'd strongly recommend flicking right past Colletti's ridiculous written contributions to this edition, read the pictures (and the other articles) instead, which are certainly worth your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damjan Iliev on 17 April 2010
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One of the most exciting editions of AD to date! The book is an excellent collection of projects that not only celebrate aesthetics but also demonstrate the sheer plethora of spatial experiences achieved in digitally driven architecture. This book presents works that challenge the status quo of well known parametric or CAD/CAM digital tools, techniques and technologies that are essential for innovation in architectural design today. Well recommended!
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