Foster + Partners 1967-2017 Juxtapositions: All completed work

Foster + Partners 1967-2017 Juxtapositions: All completed work

Foster: Wright, Tom

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  • 9781916436107
  • Paperback
  • English
  • 528
  • Foster + Partners
  • Apr 2019
Over the past half-century, Foster + Partners - founded as Foster Associates in 1967 - has grown into a multi-disciplinary studio, motivated by sustainable design and leading with creativity and innovation. This new book is an extraordinary account of the work of the practice. It provides an unprecedented visual record that celebrates the remarkable breadth of Foster + Partners' projects - both built and unbuilt, and many previously unpublished. Photographs of every completed project, which show the enormous contribution the studio has made to the field of architecture over the past fifty years, are complemented by beautiful drawings of significant unrealised work. The book is delineated into five decade-long chapters, spanning from 1967 to 2017. Photographic pairings, acting as a chronological record of 346 built works, provide the book's visual narrative. The drawings of selected unbuilt works appear at the end of each decade, celebrating the people behind the projects and hinting at the depth of ideas that permeate the practice. By placing projects side-by-side that would not normally be seen together, the book offers new readings of Foster + Partners' oeuvre. Always thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes humorous, the juxtaposed photographs and drawings have been chosen to illuminate evolving ideas rather than explain the finished architecture. The French philosopher and cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard spoke of photographs as the `accidental encounter of subject, apparatus, light and appearance.' Here, the book's lightness allows the reader the space to experience their own accidental encounters with Foster + Partners' architecture. Connected only by colour and light, or contrasted by form and function, the image pairings are shown without the responsibility of spatial explanation. This abstraction puts the viewer close to the creative spark of the architect and offers a unique insight into one of the most inventive studios in the world.