Collection by Aaron Britt

Landscape of Infrastructure

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Though museums and skyscrapers are often the comissions that catapult contemporary architects into the design stratosphere, increasingly we're seeing what was once the demesne of engineers (bridges, tram stations, airport terminals) taken up by architects. And The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure by Kelly Shannon and Marcel Smets (professors of urbanism at University of Leuven in Belgium) from the Dutch house NAi Publishers makes the case for architects continuing to work on everything from bike parking, to ferry terminals, to subterranean tunnels. The book certainly offers a glimpse at what starchitects like Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and OMA have done for modern infrastructure, but takes wider questions about landscape, mobility, energy, and delight into account. All told, it's a fine addition to any design-lovers coffee table, especially if you've had enough Fallingwater. The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure is due out March 31st in the US.

The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure is due out on March 31st in the US and was written by Kelly Shannon and…
The Barajas Airport extension in Madrid by architect Richard Rogers is perhaps the architect's greatest addition to…
On this spread Shannon and Smets take up the notion of the megastructure, a term coined by Japanese architect Fumihiko…
This spread shows how a piece of infrastructure (in this case the Nanterre A4 highway in France) can be integrated into…
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I'm stunned and thrilled each time I come across this project which was completed in 2000. It's a staircase meant to…
This drawing, first published by Georg Fritz in 1939, imagines all the sinewy velocity of the coming highway. Like a…
Zaha Hadid's Henheim-Nord Terminus station in Strasbourg, France was completed in 2001. A glorified park 'n ride, the…
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