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Thinking Architecture: Third, expanded edition

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An insightful look into seventy-nine projects of forward thinking global architecture." - NR Magazine Arranging spaces in sequences was my first palpable run-in with the idea of architecture as an experience. The value of it I learned from a mentor while working on the floor plan of a design. This design in question, had the main living space at the rear end of the lot, meaning you had to walk some ways from the entrance to actually get there. I remember my mentor describing the process from entrance to main space as a journey - one that you had to make as interesting or as substantial as possible. Enrich the journey with experiences. Corbusier’s Radiant City proposal took a contradictory approach in the 1930s. The utopian city planning proposal was counterintuitive for human needs. The concept of a street where users would interact was under threat.

Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor - MORPHOCODE Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor - MORPHOCODE

if you're an architect and interested in phenomenology and personal context, this is right up your alley. Buildings are a whole that must be joined together out of many parts. The quality of the whole is only as good as the quality of its parts. It follows that any part that does not work towards the understanding of the whole, any part that does not live up to the quality of the whole, detracts from it. When we add elements and details for their own sake, and not for the sake of the whole, we take away from the overall legibility/purity(?) of a design. A good architectural design is both sensuous and intelligent. That means that the student should be trained in both emotional and logical means of perception.The answers to these questions will form our architectural self-biography and images to use when we design. Students should also experiment and understand the use, fabrication, and properties of each material, wood, stone, textile, granite, raw metal, concrete, and asphalt.

Thinking In Architecture - Medium An Example Of Design Thinking In Architecture - Medium

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction / Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein

This third, expanded edition includes two new essays: “ Architecture and Landscape” and “ The Leis Houses” (which, it turns out, are available for visitors to rent as vacation houses). The book also includes photographs of Peter Zumthor’s residence and an amazing textile hardcover with a certain “ quality without a name” that reminds the covers of old volumes of World’s Classics.


Saakshar Makhija is an undergraduate architecture student at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal. He is the Co-Founder of Emblema Designs, a graphic design, and digital marketing venture. He has experience working with Rethinking The Future (RTF) and India Lost and Found (ILF) by Amit Pasricha. He attended the summer school organised by the “Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture” by the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), Spain. Peter Zumthor was born on April 26, 1943, the son of a cabinet maker, Oscar Zumthor, in Basel, Switzerland. He trained as a cabinet maker from 1958 to 1962. From 1963-67, he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Vorkurs and Fachklasse with further studies in design at Pratt Institute in New York. He believes that materials can assume a sensuous and poetic quality if one can find a meaningful situation to evoke its presence. He begins the design process with a mental perception of materials and space, the essence of which, can bring life in architecture. Thus, every material possesses a particular memory in light of its context and can be perceived in a certain way, in that particular place only.Zumthor believes that the real core of all architectural work lies in the act of construction - the act of making things real. I realize that considering degrees of scale is important in one's design. To design under one scale can lead to a monotonous experience. A person living under one scale will, by virtue of deprivation or absence, yearn for the presence of the other scale. Esha Biddanda Pavan is an architect and urbanist currently based out of Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff Univeristy, UK, and the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Bangalore. She has experience working at Kitsune Consulting, Cardiff University Business School, Weaving Thoughts, Keha Casa, Kabir Hira Architects and a-designstudio.

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