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Never has the relationship between art and nature been more complicated and more fragile, but also richer and more fascinating. The artists and architects in Natural Architecture have transformed the act of building into an art form capable of sparking new relationships with nature, landscape, and the environment. Though far from basic or primitive, these creations are built from humble elementsbranches, twigs, pebbles, straw, stonefound at their site. Fulfilling a wide variety of intentionssometimes structural, sometimes sculptural, sometimes sacredthe works presented here inspire a sense of awe and reverence for the forces of nature. From a bridge in Tibet connecting an orphanage anda nearby village, to a hut fit for mythical creatures, to a pavilion in Iceland with a roof made of water perpetually frozen in an exuberant shape, each project resonates with a sense of purpose and innate beauty.

Natural Architecture presents sixty-six site-specific installations that use raw materials, manual labor, and natural stimuli to create truly green architecture that is as organic as the materials with which it is created. Projects by Olafur Eliasson, Patrick Dougherty, Nils-Udo, Ex. Studio, Edward Ng, nArchitects, and many others are shown together for the first time. Selected for their commitment to the use of raw materials, manual labor, and natural inspiration, these works are vividly displayed in photographs, drawings, and models. These fantastical creations allow the changing landscape to naturally overtake each structure until it finally decomposes. Each project is accompanied by a series of photographs, drawings, and models. The rugged and surreal beauty of the projects in Natural Architecture question the wisdom of our ever accelerating construction processes and point a way forward, toward a new organic simplicity of structure and form.

Book News Annotation:

The 66 architectural installations featured here were constructed from organic materials found at their sites. The works by nineteen natural architects (or studios) in Tibet, India, the UK, and other locales seem to have grown from or into the natural surroundings, and include Wave Chamber, reflecting lake water into a hillside hut; an outdoor stage; an organic highway in Denmark; and other works built as shelter, sculpture, or sacred space. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Never has the relationship between art and nature been more complicated and more fragile, but also richer and more fascinating. The artists and architects in Natural Architecture have transformed the act of building into an art form capable of sparking new relationships with nature, landscape, and the environment. Natural Architecture presents sixty-six site-specific installations that use raw materials, manual labor, and natural stimuli to create truly green architecture that is as organic as the materials with which it is created. Projects by Olafur Eliasson, Patrick Dougherty, Nils-Udo, Ex. Studio, Edward Ng, nArchitects, and many others are shown together for the first time. Selected for their commitment to the use of raw materials, manual labor, and natural inspiration, these works are vividly displayed in photographs, drawings, and models. As organic as the materials with which they are built, these creations allow the changing landscape to naturally overtake each structure until it finally decomposes. Each project is accompanied by a series of photographs, drawings, and models.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568987217
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Subject:
Assemblage (art)
Author:
Rocca, Alessandro
Subject:
Environmentally Conscious (Green)
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Nature (aesthetics)
Subject:
Sustainability & Green Design
Subject:
Mixed-Media
Subject:
Art, Modern - 21st century
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
6.48x9.46x.76 in. 1.57 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Green Architecture
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Landscape Architecture
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Sustainability and Green Design
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Contemporary
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Mixed Media
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Themes In Art

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Product details 216 pages Princeton Architectural Press - English 9781568987217 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Never has the relationship between art and nature been more complicated and more fragile, but also richer and more fascinating. The artists and architects in Natural Architecture have transformed the act of building into an art form capable of sparking new relationships with nature, landscape, and the environment. Natural Architecture presents sixty-six site-specific installations that use raw materials, manual labor, and natural stimuli to create truly green architecture that is as organic as the materials with which it is created. Projects by Olafur Eliasson, Patrick Dougherty, Nils-Udo, Ex. Studio, Edward Ng, nArchitects, and many others are shown together for the first time. Selected for their commitment to the use of raw materials, manual labor, and natural inspiration, these works are vividly displayed in photographs, drawings, and models. As organic as the materials with which they are built, these creations allow the changing landscape to naturally overtake each structure until it finally decomposes. Each project is accompanied by a series of photographs, drawings, and models.
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