title: Asymptote Architecture: Actualizations
format: Hardcover, 324 pages
dimensions: 10.5 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
Asymptote Architecture’s newest monograph, Asymptote Architecture: Actualizations follows on the heels of the completion of the widely acclaimed Yas Hotel. Actualizations features seventeen of Asymptote’s latest projects, some of which are published here for the first time. It also highlights a very important transition in Asymptote’s architectural practice, including the construction and completion of several recent and dramatic architectural projects. Actualizations is divided into five sections, or “portals,” which group the projects thematically and address specific themes that inspire the body of Asymptote’s work. These include “Supertall,” “Technique,” “City-space,” “Virtual to Real” and “Open Flow.”
title: Architecture & Speed (L’Arca Guest Edition)
text by: Josh Dannenberg
format: Paperback, 32 pages
language: English, Italian
dimensions: 9.45 x 13.39 inches
2009 marked the centenary anniversary of Fillipo Tommaso Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto, a document that, amongst many things, introduced the subject of the automobile into the fold of the creative arts. In the century since Marinetti’s manifesto, architects witnessed several technological innovations – race cars, supersonic flight, rapid telecommunications, real-time computation – and subsequently contended with their total technological impact through the medium of their architectural production. But of all of these innovations, it could be argued that the automobile has had the greatest impact on architecture, generating the most significant polemical response and inspiring over one-hundred years of built work, speculations, and theoretical texts that directly respond to the automobile’s influence. This century of inspiration and response is the primary subject of this guest edition of L’Arca, guided by the unique case study of Asymptote Architecture’s Yas Hotel, a contemporary model for the automobile’s continued impact on the architecture of today. Designed in 2007 and completed in 2009, exactly one hundred years after Marinetti’s manifesto, the Yas Hotel opened with the inaugural running of the Formula-1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, perhaps the most fitting celebration for the manifesto’s anniversary, which celebrated the speed of powerful machines and their role in contemporary society.
title: Scape – Asymptote Architecture
format: Paperback, 168 pages
dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
Volume 9 in an ongoing series of monographs, each issue presenting in detail the work of established or emerging contemporary architects and architectural practices. Each volume contains both introductory and critical essays, plans, sketches, CAD models, unrealized designs and photographs.
format: Hardcover, 241 pages
publisher: Phaidon Press
dimensions: 9.7 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
Asymptote, an award-winning New York City-based architectural firm, expands the boundaries of traditional practice with work that ranges from buildings and urban design to computer-generated environments. Recognized internationally as both cutting-edge architects and virtual-reality artists, Asymptote partners Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid have designed and written the first book to document their ‘real world’ (as opposed to virtual) projects completed since 1995. It includes work as diverse as a trading floor for the New York Stock Exchange; a multimedia research park in Kyoto, Japan; a modular furniture system for Knoll; and a centre for art and technology for the Guggenheim Museum in Soho, New York.
Rashid and Couture’s work is intriguing because it draws inspiration from a wide range of sources not traditionally associated with architecture – among them the design of airline interiors, sporting equipment, and organic systems like seashells and honeycombs; and various means of communicating and disseminating information. Asymptote presents a seamless trajectory of projects organized in a non-linear fashion and illustrated with installation photographs, collaged photographs, and computer-generated diagrams and environments. The projects are interspersed with the speculative writing that Asymptote is known for.
title: Architecture At The Interval
format: Paperback, 160 pages
publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
In this first volume of their work, Asymptote presents fifteen speculative and experimental works and ten architectural projects, many of which were for prestigious international invited competitions. These include the new library for Alexandria, Egypt; the Moscow State Theater; a national courthouse for Groningen, the Netherlands; the Berlin Spreebogen, a new parliamentary precinct; and a proposal for a new city center in Lanciano, Italy. Also featured is Asymptote’s award-winning design for the Los Angeles West Coast Gateway, a national monument commemorating Pacific Rim immigration. Their work has been exhibited in Paris, Berlin, London, Kyoto, Montréal, Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York.
Hani Rashid and Lisa Anne Couture, Asymptote’s principal’s, introduce the book with a lyrical essay, an appeal for “a new architecture that is anticipatory, imperfect, and precisely misaligned.” A critical essay by Frédéric Migayrou discusses Asymptote’s practice in the context of contemporary architectural theory and practice.