on 26 November 2008
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lot of the selected work adopts hybrid modes of analogue and digital design, even employing old techniques that seemed outdated by today's obsession with advanced computational systems.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.
on 3 December 2008
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.