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Gyroscopic Horizons

Prototypical Buildings and Other Works

Neil M. Denari

     8.5 × 11 in (21.6 × 27.9 cm)
Paperback
224 pages
250 color illustrations, 150 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Rights: North America only
ISBN: 9781878271136


Gyroscopic Horizons are the dense yet sprawling territories explored and inhabited by the projects and texts of Neil Denari. Displaying the pilot's vertical and horizontal orientation by creating an artificial horizon, a gyroscope eliminates the physical earth as datum or locus of experience. This unnatural space is Denari's point of departure for his critical response to the continuously expanding electro-mechanical landscape, which he addresses through the design of prototypical buildings and industrial projects. This long-awaited book, nearly 10 years in the making, combines photography and Denari's texts with his trademark computer renderings of over 20 architectural projects. Three of the most important discussed are the addition and renovation of the Arlington Museum of Art, the construction of an experimental space at Gallery MA in Tokyo, and the first Microsoft retail store. Gyroscopic Horizons, whose territory ranges from the freeway to the Internet, illustrates the intense vision of this architect who draws inspiration from the complexities of modern-day machines and life.


Neil Denari is the principal of NMDA (Neil M. Denari Architects Inc.), and is a Professor in the Architecture and Urban Design department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the former Director of SCI-ARC from 1997-2001.


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