About The Book
"Architecture is not about designing something from a free, fanciful idea. It is about discovering and establishing ones principles, some kind of regularity-finding an individual formula to apply to one's buildings." - Shigeru Ban.
Ban's quote eloquently sums up the book's raison d'être. In my terms good design is not created from a series of arbitrary pencil lines. Rather it should be created from deeply ingrained objectives that are an outcome of life experience.
For most of us, the design process is experienced as either a black art or an impatient lament for illumination - divine or otherwise. This book offers a lithe assessment of various factors involved in the conception and evolution of an eclectic range of projects, which are as varied in scale as they are in their programmatic agendas. The text is augmented by elegant sketches and develops from methodologies as diverse as biomimetics and sailing. These all combine in a fluent exposition of core principles and their evolution through practical and poetic application, providing students as practitioners alike with an invaluable guide.
Senior Teaching Fellow. Director of Studies M.Arch