Christoph a. Kumpusch (Ed.)
Capa Dura, 288 pp, 17 x 17 cm
Embracing that which could dominate us—the city, infrastructure and overpopulation—has been part of the process of Steven Holl Architects as the office has taken on work of increasing complexity and scale in China over the past decade.
The projects featured in this book play a serious game with scale and the dynamic between micro and macro. There is no in-between, no easy hybridity, but a study of contrasting and nested scales that acknowledge the fact that the city-dweller’s perception across a given day necessarily morphs from micro to macro in cycles.
In content and format the book reflects such juxtaposition, featuring large format images and graphic documentation of Steven Holl’s recent works realized in China alongside critiques and analyses offered by a new generation of theorists. Its pages are considered sites capable of handling plurality, contradiction and excess. It reads like the passing views from a commuter train and looks like a rough script for a new notion of urbanism.