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Informal Paperback – Apr 30 2007
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'An intriguing journey into ... [Cecil Balmonds]... thought processes'Grand Designs, April 2007
From the Publisher
Balmond's structural thinking differs from that of other engineers in his field in its completely new conception of the engineer's contribution to architecture. The plasticity of architeectural plans is enhanced through a decisive development of its structural design. The borderline between structure and architecture thus becomes increasingly blurred. This process is explained in detail in "Informal" by reference to 8 exemplary projects. The author makes the theoretical basis of his engineering solutions understandable to the reader and his sketches are more than just purely techincal illustrations - they are the key o his approach. After reading "Informal", architects will have to rethink their understanding of many well-known buildings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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
In his defense and perhaps my own, a disclaimer: in no way is this review intended to diminish Balmond's significance to the world of architectural structures. We as engineers aren't known for writing flourishes. And has anyone ever read a design monograph free of ego?
I would recommend What is a Bridge? by Pollalis or An Engineer Imagines by Peter Rice over this book. Both clearly convey the real experience and potential brilliance of the modern structural designer.
Most recent customer reviews
Cecil Balmond is passionate and inspirational. When working with him, you know there is something amazing happening. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by April Clark
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... Read morePublished on March 23 2003
A lovely little book. The pros are excellent. The diagrams really interesting. Each chapter so well thought out and planned. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by M
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