Cooper Union designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis

SCALING NEW HEIGHTS

The book puts into perspective our legacy of erecting edifices, which necessitates improvising sustainable media to create them This volume explores different and innovative substances that are transforming architecture practices…such as glass and ceramics, altered naturals.

Brick, mortar and cement have long been the raw inputs of choice when it comes to construction. As technology advanced and mankind evolved, so did the need to build bigger, better and stronger structures – a testimony to our progress.

This raised the question of inventing newer and varied materials to meet the challenges of creating diversified spaces. The volume explores different and innovative substances that are transforming architecture practices.

It has dedicated chapters on using glass and ceramics, altered naturals, high performance composites, digitally fabricated metals and polymer films in projects around the world.

We love Cooper Union designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis. Its external facade is made from aluminium and glass and it is also the only LEED certified academic institution in New York. Tasneem Merchant

Material Innovation Architecture by Andrew H Dent & Leslie Sherr. Publisher: Thames & Hudson, ‘1,312. Available at CMYK, Good Earth Store, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai 13. Tel: (022) 24951954. Photography by Bajirao Pawar

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