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
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
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.
Barry Bergdoll, Preston Scott Cohen, Felipe Correa, Keller Easterling, Justin Fowler, Kenneth Frampton, Paul Lewis, Hashim Sarkis, and Nader Tehrani
Author: WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Size: 7.5 x 9.5 inches (19.1 x 24.1 cm), Hardcover
Pages: 376 pages, 373 color illustrations