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Developing Informed Architectural Languages

By (author) Tom Diehl


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  • Provides a description of clear and useful strategies for creating enriched architectural languages through interviews with nine noteworthy North American architects
  • Each architect interviewed is asked the same set of questions, allowing readers to perceive a fuller understanding of issues discussed as each architect interviewed comments on the same questions
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As the number and distinctiveness of design directions in contemporary architecture expands, an outcome has emerged of a contradictory nature. While many of these directions hold great intrigue, a troubling aspect arises in that in their realisation an ‘incompleteness’ is often exhibited, one expressing a less developed architectural richness expressed an under utilised nature of the architectural language itself.

Internal addresses this issue with a focus on topics underlying the creation of architectural languages. Concentrating on strategies and concepts that inform the creation of cohering architectural languages versus ‘external’ issues affecting design, such as those necessary to accommodate site or program, Internal focuses on design considerations with the authority grounded in ‘internal’ language-based architectural issues. Identifying underlying themes and strategies necessary to create coherent and informed architectural languages constitutes the effort underlying this book.

About the Author
Tom Diehl is an associate professor of architecture at the Gerald. D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a registered architect with a professional practice in Houston, Texas.
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ORO Editions
24th Sep 2021
Paperback / softback
World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
215 mm x 215 mm
252 Pages
220 color
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