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Future Systems [Hardcover]

Jan Kaplicky , Deyan Sudjic
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2 Oct 2006
Future Systems presents a selection of ground-breaking and original work by this pioneering architectural and design practice from the last twenty-five years. Over fifty projects are presented by type of building, culminating in landmark schemes such as Selfridges in Birmingham, completed in 2003. The text gives a detailed description of each project and the design process behind it. The book features four-hundred photographs and drawings, many of which have not been published before.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844695
  • Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 25.1 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' ... attractive book ... inspirational images ... ' Building Design ' ... beautifully illustrated explores their impressive achievements - from concepts and influences to design philosophy and displays of their extensive work.' Worth Global Style Network ' ... fascinating ... the book is undoubtedly beautiful.' FX ' ... Packed with innovation, this book is an impressive read.' ID 'This impressive-looking book [...] charts the equally impressive rise of Future Systems' Creative Review 'fascinating and attractive ... Marvel at their off-the-wall creations' Grand Designs 'There is no doubt that Future Systems is hot...While it may be of the moment, this thorough book shows that the firm has paid its dues.' Azure

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Deyan Sudjic is former Editor of Domus magazine and Curator of the Venice Biennale 2002. He is a highly respected and well-known architectural critic and writer; he is also the author of John Pawson Works, published by Phaidon.

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4.0 out of 5 stars blobby organic architecture 26 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
Future Systems are the natural successors of the sixties theoretical architectural movement Archigram. They have actually built more stuff than the Archigram architects, but there are an awful lot of unbuilt projects here.

Rather oddly the book is split into sections on
Objects
Houses
Shops
Collaborations
Civic Projects
Bridges
Skyscrapers
Landmarks

The number of built projects varies wildly between categories, no completed skyscrapers, to quite a few completed items of kitchenware for Alessi. This is frustrating, their built projects, with their wealth of detail, are infinitely more interesting than the sketches and montages of unbuilt projects. They are responsible for a handful of iconic buildings, the Lord's Media centre, that looks like a Braun radio, the Birmingham Selfridges that looks like a blobby alien spaceship, it is a shame that there are not more.

The writing is similarly odd, Deyan is a major figure in architectural criticism, he has also written on John Pawson the minimalist. He provides a very readable and matey account of the practice, with plentiful quotes from the partners. He lets drop that he lived in a space ship like Future Systems design for three years, and personally asked them to contribute to a Venice Biennale.

As befits such an unusual practice, the book does reinvent books, it has a silver reflective cover, with no title, the title is instead on the edge of the pages. Certainly striking but the cover does get scratched very easily which takes away slightly from the overall effect.

This book is brim full of ideas, stunning images and is written in an easy and compelling style. It is a mystery exactly how they pay the bills with so few completed projects, but the world is a better place for them and this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars About the extremes of design 21 Jan 2007
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book shows some of the more striking and innovative future systems that Future System has worked on. Some of these are completed projects, some merely design concepts. They range from small items like a champagne bucket to a floor lamp, from a travel trailer (ooophs, a caravan) to a concept bus, from houses, to apartments, from commercial bildings to sports stadiums, from bridges to skyscrapers.

Although their range of designs has been wide, this is primarily a book of architecture. Their buildings seem to fall within the range of what is barely possible with today's materials and construction techniques. Well, some of their more far out design concepts may just be exceeding today's limits, but they are sitll fun to look out.

This is look at one of the more creative, far out design firms working today. The book is basically an idea book for those of us who are less creative, or perhaps a 'this is what I can do' if per chance you are thinking of hiring them. It's great fun. And there are a couple of houses: House for a Helicopter Pilot (p. 40) and House in Wales (p. 54) that I really like even though they are just about as different as two houses could be.
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