Architecture BOOK REVIEW | Operative design + Conditional Design



Reviewing two architecture books: Operative Design + Conditional Design and sharing my thoughts on the kit-of-parts design methodology they promote. Together these volumes are an excellent primer on architectural form making, iterative design, and can serve as handy portable, pocket-sized reference manuals. The diagrams are beautifully composed in full-color and the accompanying text – although brief – offers enough information to guide the reader / viewer on the book’s use. Recommended for: architecture students, teachers and professionals looking to revisit first principles or reinvent their own tired formal language.

**Operative Design: A Catalogue of Spatial Verbs** http://amzn.to/2A6NRRf
**Conditional Design: An Introduction to Elemental Architecture** http://amzn.to/2gYj40l

Also mentioned in the video is this scholarly article by Timothy Love: “Kit-of-parts Conceptualism” (Harvard Design Magazine no. 19) http://www.harvarddesignmagazine.org/issues/19/kit-of-parts-conceptualism-abstracting-architecture-in-the-american-academy

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