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  • Le béton ? Cette matière sans âme avec laquelle on fait les parkings et les barres d'immeubles communistes, c'est ça? Eh bien, oui. Et non. Le béton est en réalité un nom qu'on donne à une incroyable diversité d'éléments de construction, mais, travaillé comme il faut, il est devenu un des matériaux nobles de l'architecture contemporaine. Sorte de «pierre liquide» au départ, il est malléable, durable et permet de prodigieux exploits d'ingénierie.
    Ce livre en deux volumes met en lumière les meilleures réalisations à base de béton de ces dernières années. Vous y retrouverez des vedettes comme Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron et Steven Holl, mais aussi de surprenants nouveaux architectes, les Russes de SPEECH notamment, ou des étoiles montantes de la scène internationale, dont Rudy Ricciotti en France, et même des artistes comme James Turrell, qui s'est servi de la célèbre spirale de béton signée Frank Lloyd Wright au Guggenheim de New York comme décor d'une de ses oeuvres les plus remarquables.

  • At Stowe, 250 acres of parkland off er a complex web of views, pathways, statues, inscriptions, urns and ideas. Unlike its French fl oricultural precursors, Stowe presents sudden shifts of scene, abrupt revelations, as well as spots at which to stop to absorb the visual eff ect. There is natural beauty in the gardens of Stowe, but they serve a larger purpose than to please the eye. Beneath this facade of bucolic idyll lies a deeply important suggestion of man's relationship to nature.
    Accompanying an exhibition of historic and contemporary art at Stowe House, The Garden at War explores the gardens at Stowe, built by a general, as a site of perpetual confl ict in which the preconditions of destruction and creation are inescapable. If nature is understood to be original, then the garden is an ordered but un-orderly condition; a re-ordered vision of the natural order, a vision of nature disciplined by human action in a attempt to advance and yield control.
    Starting with works by the preeminent neoclassical painters Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain - whose distinct pictorial visions gave rise to an unmistakable relationship between the garden, the viewer and the natural world - the publication brings together an arrangement of interpretations and theories exploring metaphors and meanings within the very practice of gardening itself. An introduction by the pre-eminent critic Stephen Bann and an essay by the foremost garden historian John Dixon Hunt lead on to newly commissioned illustrations by artist Gary Hincks, a previously unpublished interview with the Scottish conceptual artist and gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay, and a new discussion of confl ict in the work of Richard Long.

  • The Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) conferences are a unique forum where developments in the design, analysis and fabrication of building geometry are presented. With participation of academics and professionals, each conference aims to gather and present practical work and theoretical research that responds to contemporary design challenges and expands the opportunities for architectural forms.

    The seventh edition of the AAG conferences was hosted by Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and Université Gustave Eiffel, Champs-sur- Marne, France in April 2021.

    This book contains the proceedings from the AAG2020 conference and offers detailed insight into current and novel geometrical developments in architecture. The 27 diverse peer-reviewed papers, which were divided into long and short presentations, present recent innovations in the field of mathematics, computer graphics, software design, structural engineering, and the design and construction of architecture.

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