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Papers 2: Sergison Bates Architects [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jonathan Sergison , Stephen Bates
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  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Editorial Gustavo Gili; illustrated edition edition (20 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954237110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954237110
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I read this book the other day during a particularly boring three hour crit session at university, and found it very engaging. Sergison and Bates alternate with various papers they have written between their last bound set of thoughts in Papers. Papers II represents their work and thoughts over the five years since Papers was published. What is important to say is this is categorically not a monograph of Sergison Bates's built work. It is a collection of their views on architecture, on how we build, on how we live. It varies from the phenomenological of the memories evoked by rooms they architects have inhabited, reviews of low budget projects and how conflicts were resolved (Tilbury self-build) through to details such as handles and the sensuous and cultural memory imbued in materials like bricks. It is essentially a self-critic and an industry critique. The format is generally a paper, ranging from 2 pages to maybe 8, then a collection of images.

My feeling is that this book bridges between the overly abstract, personal and occasionally nebulous style of Zumthor's "Thinking Architecture" to a more pragmatic way of thinking about identity and architecture. The influence of the pair's teaching at ETH is evident, and this book is an essential read for those interested in critical regionalism. It's a shame its so hard to obtain a copy - I've started to notice that the best architectural books with any sort of Swiss-leaning have a limited print run, so you need to move quick should Papers III be published.
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Sergison Bates architects.
Papers 2
Stephen Bates, Jonathan Sergison
Sergison Bates architects
172 pp
23.5 x 16.7 cm
Paperback
english
EAN: 9780954237110

This book is a collection of illustrated papers by British architects Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates written between 2002 and 2007.

Writing, like drawing and talking together, supports their collaborative and creative work, providing as it does a tangible reference point for communication and in the search for shared objectives. Although each of the papers included in this volume was written by one of the architects, they acknowledge shared authorship of their content and objective. In the preparation of each paper, the observer acts as a friendly critic to the write, integral to the process and supportive of the exploration of personal and shared experience.

Some of theses papers wrere written as a result of self-imposed discipline, others were prepared as lectures, to support their teaching practice, to highlight a particular theme or encourage a way of looking at something. Others were written as contributions towards symposia, conferences and publications, or in response to invitations to speak publicly about their work. In some cases, a lecture based on notes and images has been subsuquently developed for publication. This results in a rich mix in terms of contet, lenght, structure and character.

The twenty papers are organised thematically and chronologically within each section, addressing reflections on their own position within architectural discourse, on the process of making buildings, on some of the ideas that recur in their work and on aspects of place

Index of contents of:
Sergison Bates architects. Papers 2 - Jonathan Sergison, Stephen Bates

Table of contents:

Preface

Position
On teaching
Resistance
Useful reference
Meeting Tessenow
Wickerwork, weaving and the wall effect

Making
Feeling at home
Lessons learnt from Alison and Peter Smithson
Working with appearances
The essence of things
Thrift and circumstance

Ideas
Sameness
Brickness
On order, proportion and grids
Making impressions
Ten rooms

Place
Suburbia: image and reality
Learning from looking at buildings
Outlooks
The city of things
Cities
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