Territory: Architecture Beyond Environment by David GissenTerritory: Architecture Beyond Environment by David Gissen

Territory: Architecture Beyond Environment

Guest editorDavid Gissen

Paperback | May 24, 2010

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Advancing a new relationship between architecture and nature, Territory emphasises the simultaneous production of architectural objects and the environment surrounding them. Conceptualised within a framework that draws from physical and human geographical thought, this title of Architectural Design examines the possibility of an architecture that actively produces its external, ecological conditions. The architecture here scans and modifies atmospheres, arboreal zones, geothermal exchange, magnetic fields, habitats and toxicities – enabling new and intense geographical patterns, effects and sensations within architectural and urban experience. Territory charts out a space, a territory, for architecture beyond conceptualisations of context or environment, understood as that stable setting which pre-exists the production of new things. Ultimately, it suggests a role for architecture as a strategy of environmental tinkering versus one of accommodation or balance with an external natural world.
David Gissen is a historian, theorist and self-proclaimed ‘experimental’ historian of architecture and urbanism. His work explores histories and theories of nature within architecture, relationships between geographical thought and architecture, and various critical-alternative methodologies within architectural history. His writings a...
Title:Territory: Architecture Beyond EnvironmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 10.85 × 8.3 × 0.35 inPublished:May 24, 2010Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0470721650

ISBN - 13:9780470721650

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Table of Contents

Editorial (Helen Castle).

About the Guest-Editor (David Gissen).


Territory: Architecture Beyond Environment (David Gissen).

Eat Me … Drink Me … (Sean Lally/WEATHERS).

The Tree Canopy as Blueprint (Mitchell Schwarzer).

The Ecological Facades of Patrick Blanc (Matthew Gandy).

Bugs, Bats and Animal Estates: The Architectural Territories of ‘Wild Beasts’ (Ben Campkin).

The Material Transformations of AMID (cero9) Social Oxygen Balloons (David Gissen).

It’s in Your Nature: I’m Lost in Paris (Javier Arbona).

Toxic Territories (David Gissen).

The Living: Surface Tensions (Jordan Geiger).

Amphibious Territories (Ila Berman).

The Aurora Project (Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno (Future Cities Lab)).

The Perils of Historical Geography: On a Pretended Lost Map to a Legendary Sunken Forest (Edward Eigen).

Local Code: Real Estates (Nicholas de Monchaux).

What Has Happened to Territory? (Antoine Picon).

Interior Eye.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Howard Watson).

Building Profile.

Antwerp Central and Liège-Guillemins, Belgium (David Littlefield).

Practice Profile

ecoLogicStudio (Terri Peters).

Spiller’s Bits.

Fiddling While the World Burns (Neil Spiller).

Unit Factor.

Emergence and the Forms of Cities (Michael Weinstock).


Relational Interactive Architecture (Valentina Croci).

Yeang’s Eco-Files.

Green Footstep: A Tool for Evaluating a Building’s Life-Cycle Carbon Footprint and Informing Carbon Decisions During the Building Design Process (Michael Bendewald, Victor Olgyay (RMI) and Ken Yeang).

McLean’s Nuggets (Will McLean).

Site Lines.

MAXXI, Rome: Zaha Hadid Architects (Mark Garcia).