Books and Architecture Yale School of Architecture

Precedents 2013

A 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 or architectural thinking within a larger world of communication.

Some questions the comparative case study may address: What are the book’s contents? What is its content mixtures, in what proportions? How is the content structured? 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?” What books does this book travel with? Who are its antagonists?

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 in an open, archival manner.

Zone 1/2: The Contemporary City

Project Japan: Metabolism Talks

Made In Tokyo


Herzog & deMeuron: Natural History

Neutelings Reijdik Architects: At Work


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