I am very interested on the relation between architecture and weather. That’s why On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time by Moshen Mostafavi has a special place on my bookshelf.
That’s why enjoyed Arium so much.
Arium is the result of a studio led by Jürgen Mayer with Neeraj Bhatia at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. The book moves between a series of analytical articles on the relationship between weather and architecture, ranging from tourism to shopping. These concepts are then tested by the studio over the Victory Soya Mills Silos, a massive concrete structure sitting silent along Toronto’s waterfront, the perfect lab for a weatherized intervention: the Ariums (Algarium, Fogarium, Thermarium, etc).
The balance between weather analysis and the studio projects make this book a good reference on the subject, and not just a mere compilation of student’s work.
More after the break.
Is Weather the last vestige of nature in the city? Do the forces in Weather systems hold the key to the energy crisis? Is instability and disorder something that can be designed? Is Weather the nemesis of Architecture or its best friend? Is Weather becoming the last form of cultural specificity? Does it all come down to the “green”?
Arium is a guidebook to Weather and Architecture. Examining the relationship between the atmosphere, built environment, culture, and politics, this comprehensive research project—under the direction of the architect Jürgen Mayer H. from Berlin and urban designer Neeraj Bhatia from Toronto—offers an in-depth look at our contemporary understanding of weather through critical examinations of design and architecture.
Language: English Cover: Hardcover Pages: 320 Illustrations: 70 illustrations (37 in color), 170 drawings and diagrams Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches ISBN: 978-3775725408
The Weather Report Weather + Science / Tomek Bartzak Weather + Health / Lisa Spensieri Weather + War / Johanna Bollozos Weather + Infrastructure / Geoffrey Turnbull Weather + Catastrophes / Andrea Traverso Weather + Tourism / Daniel Briker Weather + Shopping / Daniel Rabin Weather + Media / Annie Ritz Weather + Materials / Dennis Rijkhoff
The Weather Forecast Algarium / Piers Cunnington & Geoffrey Turnbull Ariumarium / Daniel Briker Iterarium / Lisa Spensieri Filtrarium / Johanna Bollozos & Dennis Rijkhoff Mediarium / Tomek Bartzak Activarium / Andrea Losier & Andrea Traverso Fogarium / Renee Leung & Marnie Williams Thermarium / Daniel Rabin & Annie Ritz
The Weather Outlook Weatherize! / Jürgen Mayer H. The Post-Junkspace Globe / Neeraj Bhatia Mutant Environments / Mason White The History of Green / Renee Leung MEtreePOLIS / Matthias Hollwich & Marc Kushner Foggy Eyes, San Francisco Days / Henry Urbach Strange Weather / Dirk Hebel & Jörg Stollmann Weathering Architecture / Filiz Klassen Weather Processor and Social Catalyst / Rodolphe el-Khoury & Robert Levit
Biographies Image Credits Acknowledgements
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