Editor: Elke Krasny
This book takes a closer look behind the scenes of 20 internationally renowned architectural practices, presenting an authentic profile of the individual creative realms of architects. The aim is not to flaunt glossy images, but rather to provide a step-by-step account of the design process which becomes more transparent through snapshots of the studios and descriptive texts quoting directly from interviews conducted with the architects.
Each firm is portrayed with a characteristic tool. The aim is to present an overview of the tools different generations of architects have used and to document how these instruments have changed over time - a hitherto hardly documented process. The presented architectural firms include Alvar Aalto, Lina Bo Bardi, Bow-Wow, Hermann Czech, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Edge Design Institute, Yona Friedman, Antoni Gaudí, Lux Guyer, The Jerde Partnership, Steven Holl, UN Studio, Lacaton & Vassal, Rudolf Olgiati, Charlotte Perriand, R&Sie(n), Theiss-Jaksch/Schwalm-Theiss, Karl Schwanzer, SOM Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and ND Venturi Scott Brown & Associates.