Building as Ornament

Building as Ornament
Library Shelf Location 10.RAAI
Publication Date 2014

The ornament is back, but now on the scale of the building as a whole. A letter of the alphabet, a dress, a rock formation or an airplane – the diversity of forms the new architecture can take is almost infinite. In Building as Ornament, Michiel van Raaij, in ten interviews, traces back how this new architecture first emerged in the early 1990s and how it has matured at the start of the twenty-first century.
A new generation of architects regards the design of the scaled-up ornament as an intricate part of their practice. What are their motivations? How do they place their ideas in the tradition of their old profession? Michiel van Raaij argues that the new ornament allows architects to design ever more eloquent buildings, but that this new practice is also bound by certain rules. A successful ornament represents a virtue and explains the function, social status, construction, organization and context of the building.

ISBN 9789462080447
Quantity 1
Pages 240
Author Michiel van Raaij
Format Paperback
Publisher nai010 publishers
Category Architecture (category)
Keywords Ornamental, Urban Design

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