Lars Spuybroek NOX: Machining Architecture

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NOX: Machining Architecture

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9780500285190: NOX: Machining Architecture

A comprehensive exploration of the methods and techniques behind the digital architecture of NOX studio discusses the impact of technology on the creator's experimental works, documenting twenty-three key projects as surveyed in the essays of such critics as Manual De Landa, Detlef Mertins, and Andrew Benjamin. Original.

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Lars Spuybroek established his studio in Rotterdam in the early 1990s. He has taught and lectured at numerous universities around the world, including Columbia University and the University of Kassel in Germany, where he is currently head of digital design.

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Perhaps humans are not meant to operate in the "dry grid" of cubic spaces. A leading Dutch theorist and architect, Lars Spuybroek (principal of NOX) pushes form and substance in astoundingly improbable, winding, curving, globular directions. Jazzed by neurology and philosophy, and influenced by ever-more intricate computer modeling, Spuybroek asks whether building movement ought to more comfortably reflect body movement. "A curve is an intelligent, better-informed straight line," he writes. In Spuybroek's realm the operative idea is no longer that form follows function; it's a unified system where typology precedes topology. His projects thus lead to "soft" offices and sinuous biomorphs. Best known on these shores for envisioning a complex of twisting, porous towers on the World Trade Center site, Spuybroek is commanding increasing attention. This huge compendium of his work and ideas is sometimes dense, but in a challenging, eye-opening way as it navigates the implications of the intellectual dichotomies and design complexities in NOX's^B vision and projects. Visually dazzling, this book will appeal to architects, design and architecture students, artists, and futuristic dreamers. Steve Paul
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