373 color illustrations
Publication date: 09/22/2015
|As elements of the built landscape, works of infrastructure are a means rather than an end. Our cities' rail lines, bridges, highways, waterways and off-ramps are essential in a practical sense, but dead in a social one because they create boundaries that prevent one metropolis from physically connecting with another. Yet their very physical presence reveals hidden qualities key to revitalizing urban life. In Public Natures, New York City--based firm WEISS/MANFREDI tests such possibilities by crafting a hybrid manifesto/monograph filled with essays, roundtable discussions, and recent projects that explore new opportunities for infrastructure.
Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi are the founders of the award-winning New York City-based firm WEISS/MANFREDI. Manfredi has been a Visiting Professor at both Cornell University and Harvard University, and Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
Editorial ReviewsArchitectural Digest:
"Weiss/Manfredi has embraced the scribbled slate of existing infrastructure and defunct industrial past to create innovative spaces that simultaneously merge and delineate."Surface:
"With a thoughtful, farsighted approach rare in most of today's architectural offices, the firm has shown that the natural and the urban are running on parallel planes and are not opposites."