Building (in) the Future

Recasting Labor in Architecture

Phillip Bernstein, Peggy Deamer


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     6 × 8.5 in (15.2 × 21.6 cm)
216 pages
85 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 6/10/2010
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568988061

There is no denying the transformational role of the computer in the evolution of contemporary architectural practice. But does this techno-determinist account tell the whole story? Are humans becoming irrelevant to the overall development of the built environment? Building (in) the Future confronts these important questions by examining the fundamental human relationships that characterize contemporary design and construction. Thirty-four contributors including designers, engineers, fabricators, contractors, construction managers, planners, and scholars examine how contemporary practices of production are reshaping the design/construction process.

Through observations, arguments, and detailed project explorations these diverse contributors describe new models of practice and reorganizations of labor for the 21st century. Chapters include a reconsideration of craft in light of digital fabrication; an exploration of new methods of collaboration; an analysis of changes in contracts and standards; and an assessment of the new market realities of mass production and customization.

Phillip Bernstein is Vice-President at Autodesk, Inc., where he leads the Building Solutions Division, and a lecturer on professional practice at the Yale School of Architecture.

Peggy Deamer is a principal in the firm, Deamer Studio, and a professor at the Yale School of Architecture.

Extended essays by Kenneth Frampton, Paolo Tombesi, Howard W. Ashcraft, Jr., Reinhold Martin, and Barry Bergdoll. Brief essays by Kevin Rotheroe, James Carpenter, Branko Kolarevic, Rodd Merchant, John Taylor, Chris Noble, Phil Bernstein, and Kent Larson
Case Studies on recent architectural projects by Sheila Kennedy, Mark Goulthorpe, William Zahner, Klaus Bollinger, Scott Marble, Marc Simmons, Coren Sharples, John Nastasi, Hilary Sample, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Christiano Ceccato, Robert Kelle, Ewa Magnusson, Charlie Lazor, and James Timberlake
And a preface by Robert A.M. Stern, introductory remarks by Andrew Ross, and a postscript by Moshen Mostafavi

Reader Comments

Profound! (rating 5 out of 5):
A must read for any AEC participant wanting to survive in the Age of Information. A consistent message pervades every essay that crefully leads you to the conclusion that the industry is on the cusp of profound change - change that cannot be ignored,but is exciting.
- Allan Partridge from Group2 AE, Alberta (06/24/2011)

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