‘Impossible and Hyper-Real Elements of Architecture’ addresses how and why architects, artists, and designers manipulate reality…
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"Cutting-edge rendering technology is positioned within historic continuum of representation and drawing."
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How and why do architects, artists and designers manipulate reality? This book answers that question by examining what it means to render, draw, represent, and mediate the elements that make up and affect our digital and physical worlds. From pixels and rooms to gaming spaces and dioramas, this book exposes approaches to rendering that are equal parts instructive and critical. In the pursuit of the strange and the uncanny, digital media and software aren’t taken for granted, nor are they always used as intended. This journey is forward-looking about the emerging role of gaming engines, volumetric raytracing, and procedural shaders, but also looks back and samples from some ‘80s and ‘90s classics including MacPaint, DOOM, the Star Trek Holodeck and the film Predator.
Carl Lostritto is the director of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Architecture + Design, formerly an associate professor and graduate program director at RISD Architecture. His teaching, practice, and research explores the intersections between computation and representation.
Viola Ago is an Albanian architectural designer and researcher. She directs MIRACLES Architecture and recently held the Wortham fellowship at the Rice University School of Architecture.
Julie Kress is a lecturer at the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Architecture + Design. Her work straddles across realms of architecture, exhibition design, and research in digital media.
Hans Tursack recently served as the MIT Pietro Belluschi research fellow. His writing and scholarly work have appeared in Perspecta, Pidgin, Thresholds, Log Dimensions, Archinect, and the Architects Newspaper.
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University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Architecture Names Carl Lostritto as Director
This book renders the digital landscape as a magical performance that engages terms of delight and contradiction in equal parts. The mediums of design continue to expand across the page as the assembly of authors offer behind-the-scenes details with an instructive tone. The scholarship is an exercise in provoking and scrambling what it means to learn, discover, and share. Full pixels, volumetric fixtures, and model images scheme as they invite you to draw your own conclusions.
—Kristy Balliet, design faculty, SCI-Arc & partner, BairBalliet
This book radiates an infectious optimism about contemporary representation and its potential to create new worlds and reinvigorate the aesthetic realm of architecture. The range of work curated presents us with a generation that is diverse in their interests and sensibilities, while spurring each other with each new project.
—Jesús Vassallo, associate professor of Architecture, Rice University
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