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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Fantastic,!!A must read for every architect!
This book is exceptional.Well thought and presented skillfully. It really engaged with me to the extent that I couldnt put the thing down. It has exceptional photos of the practices models...which are just stunning, and the drawings are a pole to mark yourself by. I would recommend this to any budding architecture student as a must read. You just cant afford to miss out!
Published on 30 Nov. 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars some good stuff under the self promotion and verbiage
This monograph is about the Asymptote architectural practice, which is a partnership between the monograph authors, Hani Rasid, and Lise Anne Couture. The book was published in 2002, and although they were regulars at the Venice Biennale and had a substantial academic record the built projects in the book are fairly modest, fancy tents, if you want to be disparaging,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars some good stuff under the self promotion and verbiage, 31 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Asymptote; Flux (Hardcover)
This monograph is about the Asymptote architectural practice, which is a partnership between the monograph authors, Hani Rasid, and Lise Anne Couture. The book was published in 2002, and although they were regulars at the Venice Biennale and had a substantial academic record the built projects in the book are fairly modest, fancy tents, if you want to be disparaging, along with plenty of conceptual stuff and virtual environments.

The aesthetic is very much the lurid computer generated look of Wired. The strange red shape on the cover is apparently "Computer generated studies of the tectonics of movement manifest through automotive styling and modelling. The M.Scapes were produced with modelling software to create new assemblies that addressed the formal aesthetics of movement and speed reinterpreted as static artefacts."

In fairness, at points the text is more lucid and thought provoking, particularly where someone else makes an attempt to cut through their verbiage. In fairness they have also gone on to actually build some real buildings, better covered in their recent book Actualizations, including an award winning design hotel. Their style is a swooping computer generated array of shapes, with the digital never terribly far away. Somewhere between Zaha Hadid and Renzo Piano.

Hopefully there is enough here to indicate whether this book is your sort of thing, for my taste it would have benefitted from a tough editor to trim out the verbiage and self promotion and cut back to the core messages, because deep down they do actually seem to have something to say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Fantastic,!!A must read for every architect!, 30 Nov. 2001
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This book is exceptional.Well thought and presented skillfully. It really engaged with me to the extent that I couldnt put the thing down. It has exceptional photos of the practices models...which are just stunning, and the drawings are a pole to mark yourself by. I would recommend this to any budding architecture student as a must read. You just cant afford to miss out!
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