Grounds and Envelopes

Grounds and Envelopes
Grounds and Envelopes is published by in July 2015. This book has 294 pages in English, ISBN-13 978-0415639170.

Providing a source of vision for the revitalisation of ground and envelope as spatial elements that can inform the search for embedded locally specific architectures, this book collects essays and projects that each contributes a particular element to what might constitute an integrated and richly nuanced approach to spatial organisation. Projects include:

  • Paulo Mendes da Rocha; Brazilian Pavilion, Osaka World Expo 1970, Osaka, Japan
  • RCR Arquitectes: Marquee at Les Cols Restaurant, Olot, Girona, Spain
  • Weiss / Manfredi; Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Peter Eisenman; City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Plasma Studio and Groundlab; Xi’an Horticultural Expo, Longgang, China
  • Foreign Office Architects; Yokohama International Ferry Terminal, Yokohama, Japan
  • Nekton Studio; Turf City, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Alvaro Siza; Swimming Pool, Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura; Braga Municipal Stadium, Braga Portugal
  • MVRDV; Villa VPRO, Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Bernard Tschumi; Le Fresnoy Art Centre, Tourcoing, France
  • OCEAN; World Centre for Human Concerns, New York City, USA
  • R&Sie(n); Spidernethewood, Nîmes, France
  • Toyo Ito; Serpentine Pavilion, London, England
  • Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós; Olympic Archery Range, Barcelona, Spain
  • Kengo Kuma; GC Prostho Museum Research Centre, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Cloud 9; MediaTic, Barcelona, Spain
  • Diller, Scofidio and Renfro; Blur Building, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, Swiss National Expo

With an abundance of built and un-built key projects available, it is now possible to outline the contours of a new discourse. This book initiates a new beginning in this direction so that architecture can partake in the creation of heterogeneous space and culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable built environments.

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