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Dream Architecture: Today's Designs for Tomorrowby Xing Rihan.
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An eye-opening compendium of new architecture, this volume presents projects from 34 firms, one to six projects for each, depicted in both full-page and smaller photos and described in brief text. Editor Rihan explains in the preface that a revolution is in process. New architecture incorporates innovations allowed by computer-aided parametric design, new materials, an emphasis on arcology (which is explained as "a portmanteau of the words 'architecture' and 'ecology"), and a drive toward "enormous habitats (hyper-structures) with high population densities," including the HOPSCA building type--combining "hotel, office, parking, shopping mall, convention center, and apartments." Projects are located world wide. A sampling: blue residential tower, New York (Bernard Tschumi Architects); Leonardo Glass Cube Bad Driburg, Germany (3deluxe); Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (Moshe Safdie and Associates); and National Palace Museum, Taiwan (Antoine Predock). The volume is oversize: 10x11.5". Distribution in the US is by National Book Network. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
As building materials and technologies advance, architects are creating new kinds of urban environments. Among the innovations showcased in this book that are contributing to new architectural forms are parametric modeling enabled by computer-aided technology, environmentally friendly building skins, and HOPSCAs - a hybrid building type - that can house hotels, offices, parking, shopping, a convention center, and apartments under one roof. The dream buildings in this book reflect a changing architectural and cultural environment, and the processes that turn these concepts from vision to reality will open a new chapter in architectural history.
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