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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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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
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
Brennan Bogert
This book is interesting for someone interested in the intersection of architecture and poetry but it is clear what Cecil Balmond's occupation is. That said, he's damn good it & I am proud the city of Iowa City has hired him to build a sculpture will be placed outside my apartment building.
Edward 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.
dont try to do anything architecturally new with out cecil on your side
he knows whats up
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