Exuberance: New Virtuosity in Contemporary Architecture (Architectural Design) Paperback – 19 Mar 2010
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elegantand arresting providing a visually strong bookazine thatcelebrates the aesthetics of architecture. (ComputerArts, August 2010).
From the Back Cover
This title of AD heralds a new era of exuberance in digital design. Having overcome the alienation and otherness of the cyber, having mastered the virtual qualities and protocols of the parametric, having achieved the intricacy and elegance of the digital, and having fully embraced the potential of 3–D computer software and cad/cam manufacturing technologies, it is now time for architects to show off ! Conjure up the extravagance of furniture design, the abundance of cgi in Hollywood, the profuseness of bio–techno ornamentation or the lavishness of Middle–Eastern and Asian super–urbanism. Exuberance not only celebrates new Baroque theatricality, formal sophistication and digital virtuosity; it also debates a plethora of joyful and intelligent ways in which experimental architecture manages to cope with the contemporary turmoil in global politics, economics and ecology.See all Product Description
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I live in Qatar, the wealthiest per capita country in the world, and one of the few places on the planet with the financial resources and youthful brio of an emerging country to really go to town on futuristic architecture. There's a lot of very, very weird buildings going up round here, all of which were only possible because computers could be used to prefabricate parts and calculate structural validity. The King's son here lives in an enormous concrete snail on the beach: A bank is held up by huge artificial tree roots. A library is a green aluminium flying saucer floating on 100 meter tall supports. A skyscraper hotel has an outdoor swimming pool halfway up it's length, ringing the building. Such things are possible if one has the money and the gusto to build them.
So perhaps because of that I see the computer renditions of fantastical organic buildings herein as nearer being actual possibilities than mere fantasy. These buildings, in part inspired by SF videogames and comics,are about confidence and hope for the future, something that's obviously a bit lacking in the West at the moment.
Beyond that, it's a beauifully illustrated and laid out magazine. The supporting articles were a bit too difficult for me to grasp, but it's obviously aimed at professionals rather than casual punters like meself. Lovely.
Not being an architect myself, I'll readily admit that for the first half of the issue I spent more time viewing the pictures and captions than reading the articles, but the further towards the end of the issue the more interesting and relevant to me the articles became. I point out "Biodiversity targets as the basis for green design" as being an exceptionally excellent article. That's not to say that the first half of the magazine was not without merit to me. I found some designs, especially those by Jisuk Lee and Steven Ma, inspirational. Some others I hated, but then again these are mostly desktop studies anyway so I'm not likely to walk into a church with body effigies hanging from the ceiling. Every profession has its tormented souls I suppose, but that guy's in need of therapy.
Not all the articles courted my disinterest; I found the ideas about sculpting a building's form based upon environmental factors intriguing. But I also read enough to see that the Editor had made a lamentable oversight - if you're talking about virtual architecture it's sloppy thinking not to include any examples of building design from science fiction and computer game worlds. Those designs I liked so much? Original designs perhaps, but far from original concepts.
My last comment has to be on the redesign of the format.Read more ›
Luckily his choice of features is much more engaging and there are some exciting and compelling examples of current design thinking elsewhere in this edition. It seems slightly ironic that it takes so much computational muscle to produce designs so inspired by natural forms and phenomenon, but seeing what a great architect can do with these facilities is fascinating. I'd strongly recommend flicking right past Colletti's ridiculous written contributions to this edition, read the pictures (and the other articles) instead, which are certainly worth your time.
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I approached this not entirely sure what I should expect, but very much hoping for an interesting read on architecture, and the potential for some nice photography and design,... Read morePublished on 28 July 2012 by David Lovie
I must admit, it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Whilst I appreciate inspired architecture, I found much of it was purely aesthetics over, and sometimes in spite of, function. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2011 by Mr. M. P. Duffy
I really enjoyed the way Exuberance talks about a digital design culture that is shaking up the world of architecture, in an innovative, mature and yet stylish approach. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2010 by Anastasios Tellios
A slightly tough one to review, as Architectural Design clearly preaches to the converted, of which (not being an architect or designer) I am not one; however, as a concentrated... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2010 by Apollo 11
I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing through this book about architectural design, and the virtuosity that can be found within it. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2010 by Mr. K. P. Rogers
Architectural Design is more of an academic/professional journal than a magazine for popular consumption it appears, so I should disclose that - while I am in fact an academic -... Read morePublished on 27 May 2010 by Ben Saunders
A stunning look at contemporary architecture, imagination liberated by information technology. From baroque, almost science fiction ideas to frankly psychedelic designs, this is a... Read morePublished on 23 May 2010 by El Loro
I couldn't get along with this issue of AD at all. It's an issue that will openly divide the readership but I fell on the wrong side of the fence. Read morePublished on 22 May 2010 by S Bruce
Edited by Marjan Colletti, Exuberance: New Virtuosity in Contemporary Architecture is an interesting book that will grace your coffee table. Read morePublished on 20 May 2010 by M. Williams