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Opposites Attract: ACDF au fil des contrastes

Opposites Attract: ACDF au fil des contrastes

By (author) François-Luc Giraldeau


Publishing 27th Feb 2025
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  • An exploration of ACDF’s most key milestones, including exclusive insights into its more obscure works
  • Includes interviews with key team members who reveal the atelier’s unique methodologies and approach to design
  • Presented with striking photography and insightful commentary, carefully selected and written to inspire innovation in the design industry
  • Explores ACDF’s international yet uniquely Montreal-inspired approach
  • A new type of monograph, thoughtfully created as a visual and cinematic journey through the studio’s works, values, and methodologies
Full Description

Originating from Montreal but with a global perspective, ACDF, the subject of this monograph, perfectly embodies the dynamic interplay of dichotomies. Balancing the contrasts of black and white, glossy and matte, French and English, ACDF’s projects are a masterclass in navigating these polarities. They infuse new vitality into the contrasts of colour, texture, form, and functional design. ACDF is the perfect blend of North American pragmatism and European flair. The studio is a rich mix of logical thinkers and hopeless romantics; its approach is methodical and exploratory, balancing efficiency and creativity.

FRAME provides an unfiltered view of ACDF within these pages, tracing its evolution from a nascent idea to a fully realized architectural studio. The texts also delve into establishing the firm’s core values, its workspace design, and Montreal’s influence on its growth. Anecdotes from Maxime Frappier, the firm’s principal interviewed throughout this book, offer a vivid depiction of the exhilarating chaos and thrill of creating something new.

ACDF’s projects move away from ego-driven architecture and towards a more context-sensitive, user-centered approach. This prompts us to re-evaluate our understanding of good architecture and encourages us to explore new methods of developing captivating and resilient built environments.

About the Author

François-Luc Giraldeau, a Canadian writer and editor, initially trained as an architect before shifting his focus to various creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. His contributions as a designer earned him his first accolade, but his work as a writer and editor solidified his reputation as a leading voice in spatial theory. Having published twenty books and numerous articles, essays, and reviews, he continues to oversee the development of a diverse collection of cultural publications, managing all aspects of their creation, from commissioning to publishing. Giraldeau earned a professional Master of Architecture from McGill University and the Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Urbanism from the School of Architecture and the Faculty of Planning at the University of Montreal. He also completed advanced training at the University of Buenos Aires FADU and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Continuing his academic engagement, he held various positions as a research scholar, guest reviewer, and visiting lecturer at universities in Canada, the United States, and France.

Frame Publishers B.V.
Publish date
27th Feb 2025
USA & Canada
10.43 in x 7.87 in
272 Pages
200 color
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