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Academy Editions, 1993
Paperback | 10 x 12 inches | 144 pages | English | ISBN: 9781854901514 | $30.00
International recognition and commissions world-wide have not altered the need of Morphosis to draw polemical strength from the complexity of Los Angeles. Each new work continues to reflect an evolving response to the contextual issues first encountered there. As Morphosis principal Thom Mayne has said, it is a city in which ‘the question of diversity becomes even more confusing because any interest in an idiosyncratic event simply repeats the status quo. In the midst of isolation, true diversity occurs in a connective middle ground. The expression of conflict thus becomes the most optimistic statement of what we can be as a culture, and is the most challenging stance to take.’ Such awareness of place and its global extensions are revealed in this Monograph as a continuous concern linking earlier work, such as the Sixth Street and Venice III houses, with the recently completed Crawford house and Salick Healthcare Building in Los Angeles, as well as the Higashi, Nara, and Chiba projects across the Pacific. All of these serve to extend a contemporary redefinition of the meaning of social conditions.
Morphosis – Connected Isolation features an essay by Thom Mayne as well as a collection of projects, many of which are presented here for the first time, in order to provide a penetrating view of a firm that has captured the imagination of students, professionals and the public alike.
Architectural Monographs have enjoyed a positive critical response since first being launched over ten years ago, and have now been revised in an enlarged format. Often the first major publication on the work of a particular architect or firm, these books focus on individuals of international standing, who have been influential in education and practice. Including both built and unbuilt projects, each Monograph is an invaluable record of the works of the architect presented, and important source material for further study.
This last point gets at one idea the early 1990s were all about, at least in architecture and graphic design: layering. Just as AutoCAD was shifting drawing from the hand to the mouse and screen, QuarkXPress pushed graphic designers into the digital realm. The software enabled text and drawings to be layered much more easily than with literal cut-and-paste techniques. In turn, there was experimentation in publishing, of which architectural monographs were ripe, given their abundance of images. Connected Isolation is a good example of this. It features two types of text (dark to be read, gray as background) in narrow columns in Mayne’s introductory essay and in the brief project descriptions. The text is often layered over photos of drawings, requiring a typographical shift from black to white — sometimes within an individual letter! Drawings, as mentioned, are also layered over photos, be they completed buildings or models, and sometimes covered partially by photos of models; the drawings become just another graphic element for composition or effect, bypassing their role as design representations to be understood.
* Syndicated content from A Daily Dose of Architecture Books.