Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form takes a critical look at twelve large-scale, urban projects executed over the last ten years by Morphosis Architects and is the first such time in which the firm articulates the urban methodologies implemented that have historically been inherent in their work. In order to make explicit the complex processes employed and demystify the resulting complex forms and spatial conditions that result, each project is decoded through text and images to explain the work in its simplest terms.
Each of the twelve projects is defined through four individual strains of urban production: context, program, green space, and infrastructure which establish the project's gestalt. You'll appreciate that the book is not rendering-heavy, rather it is populated with extremely clear and well-articulated drawings and diagrams that really illustrate the substance of each project utilizing varying techniques and levels of detail and complexity. The focus here is clearly to unpack the research and strategies that are the foundation of each project. In addition to individually analyzing each project, the book makes direct comparisons between all projects making useful and quick comparisons for properties such as area distribution, program, FAR, and populations.
The projects featured include New City Park, World Trade Center, NYC2012 Olympic Village, Penang Turf Club, Manzanares River Park Development, New Orleans Jazz Park, College Avenue Master Plan, East Darling Harbour Development, Los Angeles State Historic Park, NEW New Orleans Urban Redevelopment. Greenwich South Visioning and Pudong Cultural Park.
The neon-orange cover may require sunglasses during viewing but you'll always locate it on the shelf immediately.