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    DescriptionSome may call it the first manifesto of the twenty-first century, for it lays down a new way to think about architecture. Others may think of it as the last architectural treatise, for it provides a discursive container for ideas that would otherwise be lost. Whatever genre it belongs to, SITELESS is a new kind of architecture book that seems to have come out of nowhere. Its author, a young French architect practicing in Tokyo, admits he "didn't do this out of reverence toward architecture, but rather out of a profound boredom with the discipline, as a sort of compulsive reaction." What would happen if architects liberated their minds from the constraints of site, program, and budget? he asks. The result is a book that is saturated with forms, and as free of words as any architecture book the MIT Press has ever published.The 1001 building forms in SITELESS include structural parasites, chain link towers, ball bearing floors, corrugated corners, exponential balconies, radial facades, crawling frames, forensic housing--and other architectural ideas that may require construction techniques not yet developed and a relation to gravity not yet achieved. SITELESS presents an open-ended compendium of visual ideas for the architectural imagination to draw from. The forms, drawn freehand (to avoid software-specific shapes) but from a constant viewing angle, are presented twelve to a page, with no scale, order, or end to the series. After setting down 1001 forms in siteless conditions and embryonic stages, Blanciak takes one of the forms and performs a "scale test," showing what happens when one of these fantastic ideas is subjected to the actual constraints of a site in central Tokyo. The book ends by illustrating the potential of these shapes to morph into actual building proportions. Franois Blanciak is an architect and Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo. He has worked for architectural firms in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and New York, with architects including Frank Gehry and Peter Eisenman.


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    Title
    Siteless
    Subtitle
    1001 Building Forms
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) François Blanciak
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262026307
    ISBN 10: 0262026309
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AM, TNK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BISAC V2.8: ARC011000
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    DC22: 721
    B&T General Subject: 130
    DC22: 720
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    Abridged Dewey: 721
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ARC004000, ARC012000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: NA2760 .B52 2008
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: GBC, AM, TNK, AMG
    Illustrations note
    1006 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    31 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Francois Blanciak is an architect and Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo. He has worked for architectural firms in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and New York, with such architects as Frank Gehry and Peter Eisenman.
    Review quote
    "Imagine Learning from Las Vegas as illustrated by Chris Ware, and you'll get a sense of Francois Blanciak's marvelously inventive new book." Metropolis "In Siteless: 1001 Building Forms, French architect Francois Blanciak surrenders the usual anchors of function and site for an exercise in pure form. His astoundingly imaginative 1,001 designs could challenge architects and engineers for decades." Santa Fe New Mexican