April 24, 2014
by Canadian Architect
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) announces the launch of a digital publication series as part of its long-term research, acquisition and exhibition project Archaeology of the Digital. The series consists of monthly digital monographs of each of the 25 projects chosen by curator Greg Lynn crucial for the foundations of digital architecture. Currently available on iBooks, the series advances the boundaries of architectural publishing.
The publications are project-specific and include interviews between the Archaeology of the Digital project curator Greg Lynn and the architects, and visuals that will range from raster images to vector drawings, video and animations, audio, and perhaps digital 3D models, as ePub technology evolves.
The use of computers in the 25 projects had formative implications for various aspects of the architectural discipline – from parametrics to interactivity, from media to fabrication and construction, from geometry to now finally publication. The series in conceived and developed with New York-based graphic design and development studio Linked by Air.
In their own words, “the series advances what is possible in a widely distributed ePub. Its liquid and responsive design is optimized for reading on screens of very different widths adn heights, from phones to tablets, and its layout and typography alter automatically to suit each device and orientation in the hand. The publication features interactive slideshows and videos – a nearly unique innovation in a published reflowable ePub. New issues will continue to advance the boundaries of ePub technology in relation to both its users and producers, a process that parallels the subjects covered by the series.”
Currently available in the series are Peter Eisenman’s Biozentrum project from 1987 – which worked through a parametric approach and incorporated early computer 3D modelling in what would later become FormZ, at Ohio State University – and Chuck Hoberman’s Expanding Sphere and Iris Dome from the late 1980s to early ‘90s – foundational for understanding scripting, movement and mechanics in architecture.
Next in the series are Shoei Yoh’s Odawara Municipal Sports Complex and Galaxy Toyama Gymnasium, and the Lewis House by Frank Gehry.
Following the opening of the Archaeology of the Digital: Media and Machines exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on May 21, 2014, the series will continue with the following projects: Muscle NSA by ONL (Kas Oosterhuis and Ilona Lénàrd), Hyposurface by deCOI (Mark Goulthorpe), Objectile Panels by Objectile (Bernard Cache), Catastrophe Machine and X Phylum by Karl Chu, Virtual New York Stock Exchange by Asymptote Architects (Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid), and H2O expo by NOX (Lars Spuybroek).
Future publications will include the Yokohama Ferry Terminal by FOA, and projects by Neil Denari, UN Studio, RUR/Reiser Umemoto, Preston Scott Cohen, Morphosis/Thom Mayne, and more.
The digital publications are available for $3.99 on iBooks and can be downloaded directly to your Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, and an Android supported version will be released late spring.
For more information, please visit www.cca.qc.ca/system/files/211/original/CCA_pr_AoD_e-pub.pdf.
images from CCA exhibition entitled "archaeology of the digital"