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Experimental Architecture: Designing the Unknown

Rachel Armstrong (University of Newcastle, UK)



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28 June 2019
Theory of architecture; Architecture: professional practice
In this ground-breaking book, the first to provide an overview of the theory and practice of experimental architecture, Rachel Armstrong explores how interdisciplinary, design-led research practices are beginning to redefine the possibilities of architecture as a profession. Drawing on experts from disciplines as varied as information technology, mathematics, poetry, graphic design, scenography, bacteriology, marine applied science and robotics, Professor Armstrong delineates original, cutting-edge architectural experiments through essays, quotes, poetry, equations and stories.

Written by an acknowledged pioneer of architectural experiment, this visionary book is ideal for students and researchers wishing to engage in experimental, practice-based architectural and artistic research. It introduces radical new ideas about architecture and provides ideas and inspiration which students and researchers can apply in their own work and proposals, while practitioners can draw on it to transform their creative assumptions and develop thereby a distinctive edge to stand out in a highly competitive profession.
By:   Rachel Armstrong (University of Newcastle UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   463g
ISBN:   9781138575257
ISBN 10:   1138575259
Pages:   206
Publication Date:   28 June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University. Her work focuses on establishing the conditions for a living architecture that couples the computational properties of the natural world with building structures and infrastructures. She is Director and founder of the Experimental Architecture Group (EAG) whose work has been published, exhibited and performed at international biennales, and Coordinator for the Living Architecture project, which is an ongoing collaboration of experts from universities in the UK, Spain, Italy and Austria. She has written a number of academic books including: Liquid Life: On Non-Linear Materiality (2019); Soft Living Architecture: An Alternative View of Bio-informed Practice (2018); Star Ark: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship (2016); Vibrant Architecture: Matter as a CoDesigner of Living Structures (2015). Her fiction books include Invisible Ecologies (2019) and Origamy (2018).

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