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Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures

Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures
Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures, Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

From the Publisher. Rail lines, bridges, highways, waterways, and off-ramps—larger than life but part of it, infrastructural systems are the enduring forms of urban evolution, multiplying as cities grow and requiring expanding swaths of territory to accommodate more and more monofunctional requirements. What if the very hard line between landscape, architecture, engineering, and urbanism could find a more synthetic convergence?

Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures explores the potential to shape a new public realm. Essays, roundtable discussions, and selected projects by WEISS/MANFREDI identify new terms, conditions, and models that insist architecture must evolve to create more productive connections between landscape, infrastructure, and urban territories. The book is designed in collaboration with Project Projects. With a foreword by Barry Bergdoll and contributions from Kenneth Frampton, Preston Scott Cohen, Felipe Correa, Keller Easterling, Paul Lewis, Hashim Sarkis, and Nader Tehrani, Public Natures is both monograph and projective manifesto and suggests a new paradigm for infrastructure that is distinctly public in nature. 

Table of Contents

Foreword- by Barry Bergdoll
Evolutionary Infrastructures- Essay by Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi

Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park Toronto Lower Don Lands
Taekwondo Park
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Terms and Conditions- Discussion with Preston Scott Cohen, Felipe Correa, Keller Easterling, Paul Lewis, Hashim Sarkis, and Nader Tehrani
Moderated by Marion Weiss, Michael A. Manfredi, and Justin Fowler

Social Infrastructure- Essay by Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi Barnard College Diana Center 

Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Novartis Headquarters Buildings
Cornell NYC Tech Co-Location Building Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Megaform and Public Natures- Discussion with Kenneth Frampton, Marion Weiss, Michael A. Manfredi and Justin Fowler

Acknowledgements Authors and Contributors Notes
Credits 

About the Author

Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi are the founders of the award-winning New York City-based firm WEISS/MANFREDI. Manfredi has been a Visiting Professor at both Cornell University and Harvard University and Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Contributors

Barry Bergdoll, Preston Scott Cohen, Felipe Correa, Keller Easterling, Justin Fowler, Kenneth Frampton, Paul Lewis, Hashim Sarkis, and Nader Tehrani 

Courtesy of Project Projects
Courtesy of Project Projects
Courtesy of Project Projects
Courtesy of Project Projects
Courtesy of Project Projects
Courtesy of Project Projects

Author: WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism 
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press 
ISBN: 9781616893774 
Size: 7.5 x 9.5 inches (19.1 x 24.1 cm), Hardcover 
Pages: 376 pages, 373 color illustrations 

Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures

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Cite: Diego Hernández. "Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures" 23 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/779296/public-natures-evolutionary-infrastructures/> ISSN 0719-8884