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Balmond is making the transition from structural engineer working alongside other architects to an architect in his own right. His structural thinking differs from that of others in his field, in its completely innovative conception of the engineer's contribution to architecture. The plasticity of architectural plans is enhanced through a decisive promotion of their struct ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published April 30th 2007 by Prestel Publishing (first published 2002)
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Michael
Jun 05, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Informal here simply means asking “Why do a simple structural grid when forces resulting from hybrid uses, zoning, intentions, etc. aren’t so clear cut? That’s so 1954…” Having had the good fortune of spending the better part of a day with Balmond once, I would offer that he’s perhaps one of the few people whose prodigious pomposity is somewhat justified.

The solutions shown here and in many other projects have a certain brilliance and definitely shy away from anything reeking of normalcy. The a
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Kezia Paramita
make me want to learn about structure... think informalities, break the habit. outta from the "lectures" box.

but the plot is rather confused. make me read some sentences twice
Edward
Jul 27, 2007 Edward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...an excellent discussion on the vitality of nested structures, their layering at various scales, and their simultaneity...exploring the "anti-grid" and the freedom of space.
Stephanie
Mar 03, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
dont try to do anything architecturally new with out cecil on your side
he knows whats up
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