No matter what the subject is that catches Deitz's fancy, she always manages to draw her reader in without pomposity or jargon."—Landscape Architecture Magazine"In over 70 essays, covering places and people all over the world, Deitz fuses her emotional response perfectly with what must have involved a massive amount of historical, horticultural and literary research.
In the early 1990s the design professions were the first to intuit and interpret the new technical logic of the digital age: digital mass-customization (the use of digital tools to mass-produce variations at no extra cost) has already changed the way we produce and consume almost everything, and the same technology applied to commerce at large is now heralding a new society without scale—a flat marginal cost society where bigger markets will not make anything cheaper.
But today, the unprecedented power of computation also favors a new kind of science where prediction can be based on sheer information retrieval, and form finding by simulation and optimization can replace deduction from mathematical formulas.
She then features an array of parks, public places, and gardens before turning her attention to the burgeoning business of flower shows.
The volume concludes with a memorable poetic epilogue entitled "A Winter Garden of Yellow."Paula Deitz is Editor of the Hudson Review.
Deitz's essays describe how people, over many centuries and in many lands, have expressed their originality by devoting themselves to cultivation and conservation.
During a visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine, Deitz first came to appreciate the notion that landscape architecture can be as intricately conceived as any major structure and is, indeed, the means by which we redeem the natural environment through design.Interconnecting Tafuri once again with the Italian and European intellectuals who were his main interlocutors, Biraghi unerringly unravels the intricacies of Tafuri's thinking, positioning him in the ends as an intrinsically Project of Crisis: Manfredo Tafuri and Contemporary Architectureby Marco Biraghi"Tafuri's analyses of modern architecture have lost nothing of their sharpness and relevance.Interconnecting Tafuri once again with the Italian and European intellectuals who were his main interlocutors, Biraghi unerringly unravels the intricacies of Tafuri's thinking, positioning him in the ends as an intrinsically has dominated studies of visual representation.In these eleven essays, written between 19, he considers projects, concepts, and buildings by some of the most recognized architects working today, with special attention to the productions of affect.He explores “intuition” in the work of Morphosis, “exhilaration” in Coop Himmelb(l)au, “freedom” in the work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA, “magic” in Steven Holl’s buildings, and “anxiety” in Rafael Moneo’s writing about contemporary architecture. " A Question of Qualities: Essays in Architecture by Jeffrey Kipnis Preface by Alexander Maymind Jeffrey Kipnis’s writing, thinking, and teaching casts architecture as both an intellectual discourse and a lived, affective experience.Rare is the text that can match this feat, but in her sumptuous essay collection, Deitz more than meets the challenge, crafting worlds so precise in their detail and lush in their imagery the effect is as dazzling as any rendered by an artist or photographer.Here are the iconic gardens of the world—the Taj Mahal's Moonlight Garden, Versailles, Kew Gardens—laid out in verdant glory that is made richer for Deitz's insider revelations of arcane aspects of design or development.But today's digitally intelligent architecture no longer looks that way.In , Mario Carpo explains that this is because the design professions are now coming to terms with a new kind of digital tools they have adopted—no longer tools for making but tools for thinking.Drawn to architecture because it provides “an open series of structural models,” Damisch examines the origin of architecture and then its structural development from the 19th through the 21st centuries.He leads the reader from Jean-François Blondel to Eugène Viollet-le-Duc to Mies van der Rohe to Diller Scofidio, with stops along the way at the Temple of Jerusalem, Vitruvius’s Trained as an art historian but viewing architecture from the perspective of a “displaced philosopher,” Hubert Damisch offers a meticulous parsing of language and structure to “think architecture in a different key,” as Anthony Vidler writes in the introduction.