Mark Cruvellier and Luben Dimcheff: Model Perspectives: Structure, Architecture and Culture Book Launch

<em>Model Perspectives: Structure, Architecture and Culture</em> launch event details.

Model Perspectives: Structure, Architecture and Culture book cover. photo / provided

Model Perspectives: Structure, Architecture and Culture (Routledge 2016) is a newly released book coauthored by Mark Cruvellier, chair of the Department of Architecture and Nathaniel and Margaret Owings Professor; Luben Dimcheff, the Richard Meier Assistant Professor; and Bjorn N. Sandaker, professor of architectural technology at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

The launch event is on Monday, October 3 at 5 p.m. on the third floor of East Sibley Hall. Refreshments will be served at the reception. The book will be on sale for a 20 percent discount, available only at this event. Cruvellier and Dimcheff will be available for book signing.

Model Perspectives: Structure, Architecture and Culture contains a unique collection of various perspectives on the relationship between structures and the forms and spaces of architecture. The chapters address fundamental structural elements and systems: columns, walls, beams, trusses, frames, tensile structures, arches, domes, and shells. Each chapter is subdivided into two parts. Essays introduce the chapters with the reprinting of a curated set of essays and excerpts by various authors that uniquely address how particular structural elements or systems relate in essential fashion to architectural design concepts. Physical models (all by Cornell architecture students and alumni) of the overall structural systems of several notable contemporary buildings are illustrated with large photographs, detail close-ups, and views of their external forms and internal spaces. These two collections — one largely textual and the other image based — provide the reader with unique and multifaceted insights into how structural forms and systems can be related to various architectural design intentions and cultural contexts. Conveyed by a strong and deliberate graphical design format, this assembly of materials gets to the very essence of structures within the context of architecture.