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David K. Ross

Edited by Reto Geiser


Publishing 12th Apr 2021
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  • The first-ever serious compilation of architectural mock-ups that sheds light at an important yet ephemeral aspect of contemporary construction, illustrated with a previously unpublished series by Canadian photographic artist David K. Ross
  • Offers an intellectual and aesthetic reference for a wide range of audiences from professionals in architecture to anyone interested in photography and art, or fascinated by arcane aspects of building construction
  • The STANDPUNKTE series critically reflects upon the role of contemporary photography in architecture
Full Description
Archetypes features a recent series by Canadian photographic artist David K. Ross. His images of architectural mock-ups, staged at night with dramatic lighting that isolates structures from their surroundings, they demonstrate how these objects have become a charged form of proto-architecture. They also change how we view the practice of architecture by documenting and framing unseen aspects of its emergence. Built at full scale, these architectural fragments—to be removed from construction sites as buildings near completion—ensure that a project can be executed exactly to design, and they provide clients with a simulation of a building that leaves little space for speculation. The task of mock-up documentation is usually left to architects and contractors, who take quick snapshots for their reference during site visits. Archetypes is the first-ever photographic compilation of this type, reaching beyond a mere artistic record of building technologies and typologies. The book offers an effective platform to consider what it means to pre-construct fragments of buildings in all their complexity at this moment in time. Published alongside David K. Ross’s images are four essays framing the historical, technological, and civic significance of the mock-up.
About the Author
Reto Geiser is a designer and scholar of modern architecture. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Rice University’s School of Architecture in Houston, TX.
Park Books
Publish date
12th Apr 2021
UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Benelux, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, China, Hong Kong, Central and South America
280 mm x 210 mm
112 Pages
40 color
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