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Other titles in the Core series:
Reveal, Filter, Evolve, Effect (Core)by Fxfowle Kelly
Synopses & Reviews
A boxed set in four volumes, each volume in the series represents a core sample of the firm at this moment in time, highlighting a grouping of four major projects that share a common theme but not necessarily the same typology or program. The themes are threads that weave the work together and as a whole define the design philosophy of the firm. The firm's emphasis on sustainability is a current that runs through the narrative of each book. Each book focuses on design process and collaboration. Each project is presented in depth and will underscore the methodology, aesthetics, techniques and ethos of the firm. With future volumes planned, these sets will track the progression of ideas that evolve over time through the work that enacts the ideas, and informs the work to come.
FUSE - Blurring the boundary between landscape and building. From the scale of the building to the scale of the city, these projects integrate architecture, building systems thinking and natural systems. This philosophy takes the landscape and ecological forces that are the context and incorporates them within the design of the building, urban planning, and infrastructure design.
EVOLVE - Repositioning and Adaptive Re-Use of existing buildings. These projects investigate buildings as artifact and re-construe them for a new life as the original architecture degrades and the mission of the buildings change. Analysis of original design intent, construction methods, ornamentation and the cultural processes that have been enacted on the building over time form the basis of design. Fundamental architectural relationships, building envelope and circulation are re-thought and restructured to create new uses and relationships, completely transforming these spaces.
FILTER - Integration of culture and climate into sustainable architecture. FX Fowle practices a contemporary language of modernism, one that contrasts sharply from the original ethos of universalism and the tabula rasa. The specificities of climate and culture impact the design of form and program in FX Fowle buildings. The lenses of culture and climate are necessarily specific to the location and cultural values of each project and ultimately create an integral sustainability.
FLEX - Derived from a programmatic interpretation that re-thinks building mission, function and performance in office buildings, education, cultural institutions. FXFOWLE's process begins with finding the values of the institution, identifying its community, and then working to embody this in the architecture. The design achieves this through form finding, envisioning new types of interior circulation that encourages particular kinds of interactions, and creating gathering spaces that are fine tailored to the institution. The architecture sets the stage for interactions of the community and ultimately works to develop a new relationship between the individual and the institution
FXFOWLE has defined a practice in architecture, interior design, planning, and urban development in relation to the precepts of design and the principles of the environment, whether natural or constructed. Urbanism, technology, and sustainable strategies provide the context within which FXFOWLE has operated for more than 35 years.
The works of FXFOWLE adhere to shared bodies of ideas. Emerging from an individual structure or a series of buildings, these concepts sustain the culture, the process, and the design approach of the firm; they likewise organize the works and projects presented in this publication.
REVEAL exposes the territory between architecture and landscape. Buildings and urban plans apply an ecological approach, merging with the larger structures of the environment. Architecture and constructed systems resonate with natural systems, bringing the experience of landscape to designed space.
FILTER refines the association between architecture and context. Vernacular structures and distinctive local customs provide a frame of reference for the generation of form. Incorporating culture and climate infuses buildings with a sense of place and develops a close bond with the natural environment.
EVOLVE advances the bond between architecture and history. Remaking historic buildings and districts engages culture, heritage, and conservation along with architecture and planning. Materials, methods, and expression foster respect, authenticity, and interconnectivity in buildings new and old.
EFFECT realizes the relationship between architecture and program. The function and use of a building offer a powerful conceptual tool that may be interpreted and inflected. Crafted alongside the tangible components of a building, the intangible aspects of program enhance form and function.
FXFOWLE is a four volume set that examines in depth key concepts in architectural thinking and practice for FXFOWLE. Deeply committed to environmental architecture, these concepts and the work they produce explore the finer points of sustainability, how they guide not only building systems, but also form and interior layout and circulation.
About the Author
Founded over 35 years ago, the practice of FXFOWLE Architects encompasses architecture, interior design, planning and urban development. With offices in New York and Washington, DC, the firm is committed to innovative design inspired by urbanism, technology and sustainable strategies. The basis of FXFOWLE's work is a collective, rigorous exploration of fit and form, driven by ideas about function, place, the form-making process and the role of design in human settlement. Knowledge and understanding of larger community and environmental issues intensifies projects' meaningfulness. Members of the firm routinely provide leadership in civic, sociological and sustainability initiatives. This commitment allows the firm to bring a unique perspective to every project, resulting in work that is innovative, relevant and timeless.Kent Kleinman is the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. His scholarly focus is 20th Century European Modernism. He has taught at architecture schools internationally including the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Hochschule der Künst in Berlin, the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, and the ETH in Zürich. He was professor and dean at the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design; professor and chair of architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and a faculty member at the University of Michigan.Kim Tanzer is the Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She serves as a professor of architecture at the University of Florida for more than two decades. Much of her teaching and research focuses on the relationship between the human body and large shared spaces such as the city and the landscape with an emphasis on creating sustainable environments. Tanzer recently co-edited The Green Braid: Towards an Architecture of Ecology, Economy, and Social Equity, with Rafael Longoria, published by Routledge Press, and Volume 60, Issue 4 of the Journal of Architectural Education entitled "Environmental Architectures and Sustainability" with Vincent Canizaro.Thomas Fisher is a professor and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Previously he served as the regional preservation officer at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, the historical architect of the Connecticut State Historical Commission, and editorial director of Progressive Architecture.Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA is Dean and Favrot Professor of Architecture at Tulane School of Architecture. Previously he served as professor of architecture as well as department chair and associate dean and chair of the Faculty Senate at the University of Virginia. He has over twenty-seven years of teaching and practice experience in architecture, preservation, urban design and community planning. As a founding principal of CP+D (Community Planning+Design) and Schwartz-Kinnard Architects he has won four national design competitions.
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