Books and Architecture Yale School of Architecture


Precedents 2010

A significant portion of this seminar is composed of a series of Case Studies examining the relationship book production has with a selection of contemporary and historical practices. This study describes each book’s physical and conceptual composition, but also includes how each project acts as an agent of the architect within a larger world of communication.

Seminar members will work in pairs to develop a dossier on their comparative case study. Each case study will unpack and compare the history and design of two books in an analytical fashion.

Some questions the comparative case study may address: What are the book’s contents? What are their content mixtures, in what proportions? How is the content structured in each book? as a sequence, but also on the spread: i.e. macro/micro organization. How are the books read? (are they to be read?!?) What are their means of production? i.e. color, binding, format, page count, etc. What are the book’s means of distribution? Does it’s design limit how far it can go? In terms of their content and message, what is each book’s “position?” Are they contradictory? complicit? antagonistic?

The case study will be a collection of images, texts, diagrams, timelines, archival photos, that are structured in such a way as to make them accessible to the public at booksandarchitecture.org. Case studies will be made of the following book pairs:

Made In Tokyo (Atelier Bow-Wow) and Learning from Las Vegas (Venturi/Scott-Brown/Izenour)

Towards a New Architecture and Une Petite Maison (Le Corbusier)

Phylogenesis (FOA, et al) and Atlas of Novel Tectonics (Reiser/Umemoto)

S,M,L,XL(Koolhaas/Mau/OMA) and Content (OMA/AMO)

The Image of the City (Lynch) and Drosscape (Berger)

The Function of Form (Mossavi) and Siteless: 1001 Building Forms (Blanciak)


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