Book Launch: Giraffes, Telegraphes and Hero of Alexandria - Urban Design by Narration
Welcome to the launch of the book "Giraffes, Telegraphes and Hero of Alexandria - Urban Design by Narration", edited by Sabine Müller (AHO) and Andreas Quednau (SMAQ). The book is a collection of 13 architecture and urban research projects told as stories.
- Deane Simpson, Associate Professor KADK Copenhagen and author in the book
- Andrew Morrison, Professor and Director, Centre for Design Research AHO
- Andreas Quednau, Professor, Leipniz Universität Hannover, and Sabine Müller, Professor, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape AHO, both Partners at SMAQ Architekur und Stadt Berlin and editors of the book
Books will be for sale with special discount. Light refreshments will be served
Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria – Urban Design by Narration
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Editors: Sabine Müller, Andreas Quednau (SMAQ)
Ruby Press 2016, 430 pages
In this book, stories portray the production of our built environment, guided by three characters: Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria. Having developed its long neck to reach the leaves of high trees, the giraffe represents the vernacular approach to architecture, in which construction follows forces of nature. The telegraph, in contrast, embodies the modernist paradigm, in which technology reigns supreme and forces nature to adapt. Inspired by Hero of Alexandria, we subscribe to a third paradigm – using technology to optimize nature and, inversely, nature to assimilate technology.
The book is a collection of 13 architecture and urban research projects told as stories. Because stories, to borrow the words of Michel de Certeau, carry out the labor that transforms geometrical, abstract space into a lived space, and because a project should offer the interpretational openness of fiction. Complemented by photos, drawings, and diagrams the narratives guide you through contested contexts as diverse as Dubai, Burgos, Beijing, Los Angeles and the area between Halle and Leipzig, revealing otherwise invisible forces contemporary urban design may utilize. The design concepts appear as tools ready to engage our contemporary urban environment, free of today’s ecological and technological fundamentalisms and in favor of experimentation, pleasure, and play.
With more than 150 drawings, illustrations and photographs and with contributions by Theo Deutinger, Rodney LaTourelle, Sabine Müller, Caroline O’Donnell, Andreas Quednau, Deane Simpson and including a poster showing a selection of the beautiful playful pneumatic inventions of Hero of Alexandria, Greek mathematician and engineer born in 10 AD. Graphic design of book and poster Katja Gretzinger.
The event is supported by the Institute for Urbanism and Landscape AHO