Environmental Objects. Teaching and Research in Architecture
How does architecture confront its environment? With whom we live, to whom we open our house and how permeable should its boundary be?
1st edition, 2019
212 pages, 161 color and 209 b/w illustrations, plans and graphics
21 x 31 cm
In collaboration with the Laboratoire Bâle (laba), EPFL
Architectural objects confront their environment. They constitute a boundary, a form with an internalized point of view. Understanding architecture as environmental objects suggest a questioning of these dichotomies of separation between the symbolic landmark and the landscape background. It represents an architecture that amplifies nature, attunes to it and makes us aware of it.
Portugal Lessons: Imagining Architecture as Environmental Object takes Portugal as case study for such contextualism going beyond and understanding of design as immunization. Based on the latest research program conducted by EPFL’s Laboratory Basel (laba), it explores the topic of this architectural boundary: with whom we live with, to whom we open our house, how permeable the boundary should be. The findings are visualized in striking images, graphics and maps. The book also features proposals for architectural interventions by laba’s students, all of them tackling issues of housing.
Previously published in the Teaching and Research in Architecture series:
Barents Lessons (out of print)
Swiss Lessons (out of print)
Icelandic Lessons (out of print)