Sunday, October 29, 2006


NOX : Machining Architecture
Lars Spuybroek
ISBN: 0500285195

A dynamic presentation of one of the world’s most experimental and influential young architects, this book is a must-have for every student, professional and critic in search of architecture’s future. Part manual, part manifesto, part monograph, it is the first publication that looks comprehensively at the methods and techniques of Lars Spuybroek’s hugely inventive and influential architecture.

In the young generation of ‘digerati’ architects, Rotterdam-based Lars Spuybroek and his studio, NOX, are among the few who have completed built projects. Before the advent of large-scale processing power, digital modelling and computer-aided manufacturing, NOX’s outlandish structures would have been inconceivable. Today, and internationally, the work is being taken more and more seriously as the possibilities for construction and spatial innovation have become more feasible.

Written and compiled largely by the architect, the book gives the inspirations, insights and methods that allow him to conceive – and build – such original work.

• a complete documentation of NOX’s œuvre, including built and
unbuilt work
• essays by leading lights in design and cultural criticism –
Manuel DeLanda, Detlef Mertins, Brian Massumi, Andrew
Benjamin and Arjen Mulder
• explanatory texts by Spuybroek that link the projects together

Many illustrations specially created for the book make Spuybroek’s complex strategies and techniques accessible for the first time – an invaluable resource for students and designers looking for tricks of the trade.

Lars Spuybroek is principal of the architectural office NOX in Rotterdam, from where he heads research into the relationship between architecture and the computer. His work has won many awards and is exhibited the world over. Spuybroek lectures internationally and holds a professorship at the University of Kassel in Germany where he also chairs the CAD/Digital Design

Book bought:
-NOX : Machining Architecture--Lars Spuybroek

Books read:
-Corporate Fields: Office Project by AA Design Research Lab--Edited by Brett Steele

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