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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (April 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791337769
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791337760
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 18.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "gotan007" on Nov. 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
It was quite interesting to get a look at the somewhat unusual engineering process of Cecil Balmond.
And to discover his inputs behind some famous building, from Koolhas, Libeskind to Siza.
The book is quite easy to read and don`t think you are going to get a structural crash course from Balmond (I must admit, I was bit disapointed of not finding that) but you do get the kind of passionate and heartily discussions you would get if you had the chance of drinking down a few drinks with Balmond and ending up with his famous sketches he drew on the bar's napkins.
Expect a book with graphics and layout of Koolhas' SMLXL / Big fonts, dual-tone pictures.
GOod read, good essay, not for someone looking for glossy pictures
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6 2003
Format: Hardcover
Informal is a terrific read; it places me right at the table as the author engages with his architect collaborators pursuing innovative building designs. The range is fascinating, from a box shape in the Villa Bordeaux to a curvilinear form in the Arnhem Interchange to the serene and effortless canopy in Lisbon. In each project the author establishes simple initial moves which lead ultimately to new configurations and importantly develops throughout the book a rigorous basis for exploring the non linear. This is welcome in an age when so much architectural form making is whimsical. As an architect I was fascinated how this book also brings out the lyrical and poetic inherent in structure. Best of all perhaps is the 27 sectioned speculation at the end on the anatomy of form, and an insight into the structure of organisation itself. In conjunction with his intriguing earlier book Number 9 Balmond sets out a new agenda for designers everywhere, including architects and engineers.
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By April Clark on May 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
Cecil Balmond is passionate and inspirational. When working with him, you know there is something amazing happening. I had the pleasure of having him as a studio instructor at Yale University, School of Architecture. Cecil believes in the possibilities of architecture and engineering working together in ways that enhance and grace both fields. This book brings his insight and passions together. I highly recommend it to engineers and architects alike.
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By "jss8" on March 23 2003
Format: Hardcover
besides being incredibly beautiful, the book has a coherence and depth that is unlike any other - it requires reading quickly and then slowly, forward and backward and over and over...
its importance is clear
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