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Zoë Ryan and Joseph Rosa

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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the disciplines of modern architecture and design have been viewed as separate idioms that share a common ideology. While this approach allowed architects such as Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to design buildings as well as furniture, the characteristics of these media were always true to their respective typologies and never blurred boundaries between them. Lesser-known architects such as Frederick Kiesler and Jean Prouvé looked at crossing these typological boundaries in order to rethink form and function as well as aesthetic subjectivity. This methodology was further explored by a post-1968 generation that includes such architects and architectural firms as Archigram, Bernard Tschumi, and Rem Koolhaas, and such designers as Ettore Sottsass, Achille Castiglioni, and more recently, Ron Arad and Philippe Starck. These innovators have rethought the tenets of the modern movement and incorporated ideologies from outside their disciplines—such as linguistics, semiotics, and film theory—to reactivate them within a critical framework more reflective of current cultural conditions.

Today, an increasingly expanded field of experimentation has resulted in new attitudes to architecture and design, fueled by advances in production processes, materials research, social and environmental concerns, and references located within visual culture. The projects created within this field transcend previously discrete typologies and range from new solutions to traditional spatial practices to the possibility of creating mass-produced one-off objects, as well as responses to current environmental concerns and social issues.

The hybrid, progressive examples presented in this new publication, and the exhibition it accompanies, demonstrate how the fluid exchange now occurring between disciplines is helping to address and provide new solutions to issues at the heart of contemporary life, including but not limited to the environment, sustainability, technology, politics, personal well-being, and health and safety, ultimately enhancing the quality of our daily lives. Among the architects and designers featured in this publication are Amir Berbic, Shigeru Ban Architects, Maarten Baas, Florencia Pita MOD, Hernan Diaz Alonso/XEFIROTARCH, Sam Buxton, Keiichi Matsuda, Nacho Carbonell, Jürgen Mayer H., Greg Lynn, Joris Laarman, Arik Levy, Simon Heijdens, Studio Joost Grootens, Stamen, Emergent Architecture, Matali Crasset, KRAM/WEISSHAAR, Ross Lovegrove, and MOS.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2010 
6 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.; 160 pages; 186 illustrations 
ISBN 978-0-300-16705-4