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Proto Architecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids (Architectural Design) [Paperback]

Bob Sheil
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4 July 2008 Architectural Design
The illusive and uncertain world of translating ideas into matter is a negotiation between the ideal and the real and a central preoccupation of architectural production. By invading the toolbox of digital fabrication, design has transgressed into protocols of manufacturing previously the domain of other disciplines and skills sets. Craft, assembly and installation, once the realm of trades, are qualities that are now dependent upon design information and its status as an instruction to make. The ensuing loop between the physical and tactile, the imaginary and speculative, has defined a new expectation in making architecture as a construct that is part real, part ideal. With contributions from Lebbeus Woods, Evan Douglis, Theo Jansen, Shin Egashira and many more, Protoarchitecture presents an explicitly diverse collection of works from leading and emerging practitioners, educators, researchers and visionaries from all corners of this innovative field.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (4 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470519479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470519479
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The illusive and uncertain world of translating ideas into matter is a negotiation between the ideal and the real and a central preoccupation of architectural production. By invading the toolbox of digital fabrication, design has transgressed into protocols of manufacturing previously the domain of other disciplines and skills sets. Craft, assembly and installation, once the realm of trades, are qualities that are now dependent upon design information and its status as an instruction to make. The ensuing loop between the physical and tactile, the imaginary and speculative, has defined a new expectation in making architecture as a construct that is part real, part ideal. With contributions from Lebbeus Woods, Evan Douglis, Theo Jansen, Shin Egashira and many more, Protoarchitecture presents an explicitly diverse collection of works from leading and emerging practitioners, educators, researchers and visionaries from all corners of this innovative field.

About the Author

Bob Sheil is an architect and a senior lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He has worked as a designer and maker in architecture, furniture, exhibition and web design. Following 10 years in practice, his teaching career began in the Bartlett workshop in 1995 where his key interest in, and curiosity about, the relationship between architecture and making evolved from practice to research. He is a founder member of the workshop–based practice sixteen∗(makers) with Nick Callicott, Phil Ayres and Chris Leung. Since 2004 he has been programme director of the Bartlett’s Graduate Diploma in Architecture, and in 2005 he guest–edited AD Design through Making .

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5.0 out of 5 stars Constructed Hybrids 26 Nov 2008
By M. Cruz
Protoarchitecture is a special AD issue. Sheil puts together a variety of texts, projects, prototypes and installations that are highly experimental and which strengthen the importance of innovative and new creative design processes. A lot of the selected work adopts hybrid modes of analogue and digital design, even employing old techniques that seemed outdated by today's obsession with advanced computational systems. This is what makes this publication so pertinent. Being aware that in our post-digital era architecture is being threatened by the emergence of a new digital modernism (intellectually rather orthodox and dogmatic and in terms of design increasingly undifferentiated), Sheil professes a plural and varied approach that favours the quirky, eccentric, exuberant and unpredictable side of architecture; work that does not conform and is by definition exceptional, as he points out in his introduction. This beautiful and in detail illustrated publication is highly recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 3 Dec 2008
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This issue of AD is very well put together, a thoughtful assortment of sometimes bizarre machines. As Picasso said : "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." These works are clearly by people who work their way through problems and pick up inspiration as they make. While not all AD's satisfy, this one is made up of those at the cutting edge of architectural design using new tools to open up whole new areas to explore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Architectural Design's Protoarchitecture Issue Review 16 Aug 2008
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Writing from my perspective as an artist and professor, what is most engaging and encouraging is Mr. Sheil's advocacy for very inclusive, not exclusive, approaches toward design making processes. The architects, designers, and artists selected have significantly expanded the array of possibilities working between older and newer technologies. They represent much more fluid and integrative individual and collaborative creative approaches. Thus, due to an ever expanding number of similar minded practitioners and advocates for them, our environs are again becoming more socio-psychologically engaging. Our architectural and artistic realms are becoming "unboxed" with more contemporaneous and organic type definitions. And, as shown with Mr. Sheil's selections, these practitioners are not only impacting the urban context, but those from the sea shores to mountain tops.

Thankfully, Mr. Sheil also incorporated advanced student work into his representation. As a Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, it is my conviction that students are also very responsible for creating institutional, educational, and cultural advances.

Kudos to Architectural Design for selecting Mr. Sheil as a guest editor for a second time! As is historically the case, AD has made for another excellent and provocative reading.
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