Material Operations

Princeton Architectural Press 2017

Working directly with materials—bending them, breaking them, feeling their texture, mass, and strength—provides a depth of understanding that visual observation alone cannot. The firm’s creations demonstrate how attending to and playing with specific materials yields a refreshed and expanded perspective on the possible. Patkau Architects: Material Operations investigates how the qualities of commonly available construction materials and unconventional techniques produce buildable, expressive forms with inherent structural capacities and evocative identities.

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Patkau Architects

Kenneth Frampton 2008

This comprehensive monograph includes cultural and institutional projects, such as the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the National Library of Quebec in Montreal, and a major addition to the Winnipeg Centennial Library; schools, notably the Seabird Island School and the Strawberry Vale School; and a series of residences, including the Shaw house, with a dramatic elevated lap pool, and the inventive Petite Maison du Weekend (Small Weekend House), a prototype for a self-sufficient holiday house for two.

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Material Strategies in Digital Fabrication

Christopher Beorkrem 2011

Patkau Architects’ Winnipeg Skating Shelters are featured in Material Strategies in Digital Fabrication. Author Christopher Beorkrem shows how material performance drives the digital fabrication process and determines technique. He has recreated and dissected thirty-six of the most progressive works of architecture of the last few years, with perspectives from the designers so that you can learn from the successes and failures of each project. The book is divided into five parts by material – wood, metal, concrete, hybrids, and recycled – to help you reference construction techniques for the fabrication machines you have on-hand.

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Substance Over Spectacle

Contemporary Canadian Architecture 2005

Substance Over Spectacle presents the best and brightest architectural work in Canada between 1995 & 2005, providing a glimpse of a specifically Canadian architectural practice that reveals a national sensibility that is unlike any other architectural trend in the world. Andrew Gruft argues that Canadian architecture is very much influenced by the country’s physique—geographically large, environmentally diverse.

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Radical Tectonics

Thames and Hudson 2001

As a tendency toward formalism returns to architecture, a number of practitioners are investigating the outer limits of tectonic expression. Vanguard architects are extending the boundaries of conventional construction to respond specifically to programmatic and site requirements. This book presents four practices whose buildings push poetic construction to new extremes: Enric Miralles (Barcelona), Gunter Behnisch (Stuttgart), Mecanoo (Delft), and Patkau Architects (Vancouver).

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Patkau Architects

Gustavo Gili 1997

Numerous examples of this Canadian team’s award-winning work are showcased in this volume (1983-1994). The book opens with a wide-ranging consideration of this team’s work. Formed in Vancouver in 1984 by John and Patricia Patkau and Michael Cunningham, this firm has won many design awards and represented Canada in the 1996 Venice Biennale. Their professional activities include lecturing at North American and European universities.

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Patkau Architects: Selected Projects 1983-1993

Ten projects from the firm whose poetic creativity is at the forefront of contemporary Canadian architecture.

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