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Landform Building: Architecture's New Terrain [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Stan Allen , Marc McQuade

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30 Jun 2011
Green roofs, artificial mountains and geological forms; buildings you walk on or over; networks of ramps and warped surfaces; buildings that carve into the ground or landscapes lifted high into the air: all these are commonplace in architecture today. New technologies, new design techniques and a demand for enhanced environmental performance have provoked a re-thinking of architecture's traditional relationship to the ground. The book Landform Building sets out to examine the many manifestations of landscape and ecology in contemporary architectural practice: not as a cross-disciplinary phenomenon (architects working in the landscape) but as new design techniques, new formal strategies and technical problems within architecture.

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Stan Allen is an architect practicing in New York and dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University. Marc McQuade is an architect at Adjaye Associates in New York.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great color printing, deceptive content. 1 Dec 2013
By arq-cali - Published on Amazon.com
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As a person moving from an academic setting to the professional environment, I wanted a book that would serve as much as an inspiration for innovative building techniques as a primer for theoretical standpoints behind the forms. What I got was one chapter about the construction of the Sanaa Rolex Center which formally was not really reflective of the main argument found within the book: that our formal depictions of landscape should move outside of smooth topologies and rolling pastoral planes of green roofs. I could see this book as a good resource for students looking for safe references for use in building an academic arguments for a theoretical project. Unfortunately, I see this book as mostly disengaged with the profession of building.
5.0 out of 5 stars HURRY! 16 April 2014
By Soeun - Published on Amazon.com
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my professor recently told me that they are planning on stopping the printing of these books so i got it right away.
it compiles all great projects and Stan Allen's narrative is a plus.
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2.0 out of 5 stars marginally informative 29 Aug 2013
By Charles D. Field III - Published on Amazon.com
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Did not get a lot of information out of this book. I found some projects that were helpful with enough information for learning but most of them were basically not useful.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice book 13 Mar 2013
By luca - Published on Amazon.com
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It has good content, and stick quality is different but nice. The hard cover is a bit thin although. L
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