Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture After Images by Edward DimendbergDiller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture After Images by Edward Dimendberg

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture After Images

byEdward Dimendberg

Hardcover | March 20, 2013

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In Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images, Edward Dimendberg offers the first comprehensive treatment of one of the most imaginative contemporary design studios.  Since founding their practice in 1979, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio have integrated architecture, urban design, media art, and the performing arts in a dazzling array of projects, which include performances, art installations, and books, in addition to buildings and public spaces.  At the center of this work is a fascination with vision and a commitment to questioning the certainty and security long associated with architecture.

Dimendberg provides an extensive overview of these concerns and the history of the studio, revealing how principals Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro continue to expand the definition of architecture, question the nature of space and vision in contemporary culture, and produce work that is endlessly surprising and rewarding, from New York’s High Line to Blur, an artificial cloud, and Facsimile, a video screen that moves around a building facade.  Dimendberg also explores the relation of work by DS+R to that by earlier modernists such as Marcel Duchamp and John Hejduk.  He reveals how the fascination of the architects with evolving forms of media, technology, and building materials has produced works that unsettle distinctions among architecture and other media.
Based on interviews with the architects, their clients, and collaborators as well as unprecedented access to unpublished documents, sketchbook entries, and archival records, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is the most thorough consideration of DS+R in any language. Illustrated with many previously unpublished renderings in addition to photos from significant contemporary photographers, this book is an essential study of one of the most significant and creative architecture and design studios working today.

Edward Dimendberg is professor of film and media studies, visual studies, and European languages and studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity, coeditor of The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, and the principal of Dimendberg Consulting LLC.
Title:Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture After ImagesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 10.5 × 9 × 1 inPublished:March 20, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226151816

ISBN - 13:9780226151816

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Table of Contents


Chapter One                1976–1989

Chapter Two                1990–1999

Chapter Three               2000–2008





Editorial Reviews

“With sympathy, precision, and insight, Edward Dimendberg elegantly maps the topography of the practice—and practices—of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.  Their work—at once lush and austere, theatric and theoretical—is a singular exploration of architecture’s expanding field, in which the scrupulously affective meets the pleasure principle with uncanny results for both art and use.  This is a project of pioneering intelligence, engagement, authenticity, urbanity, and form.”