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Extreme Architecture

Extreme Architecture

Building for Challenging Environments
Laurence King Publishing

By Ruth Slavid

What kind of architecture emerges in an extreme environment? Responding to some of the ultimate challenges in architecture, the buildings featured in this book provide valuable insight into the extremes of architectural thinking. In an increasingly unstable world, some of the lessons that they teach about self-sufficiency may yet become more generally applicable. Lessons from terrestrial environments are being used in designs for space, while space technology is also being applied on earth.

Divided into five chapters—Hot, Cold, High, Wet, and Space—Extreme Architecture showcases 45 examples of recent buildings designed for challenging environments. It includes a desert refuge in southern Arizona, a floating marine research center, an underground seed vault in northern Norway, and a South Pole research station. Each case study begins with a clearly presented table listing the altitude, annual rainfall, and average temperatures of the site. This information is accompanied by photographs showing the project in its environment, as well as by drawings, site plans, and computer renderings where appropriate.

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Size: 9 x 9-3/4 in;
Pages: 208 pp;
400 illustrations, 300 in color
Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2009
ISBN: 9781856696098
ISBN10: 185669609X
Ruth Slavid is an architectural writer and editor. She worked for The Architects' Journal for 15 years, in roles including deputy editor and online editor. She is the author of Wood Architecture (2005), Wood Houses (2006), and Micro: Very Small Architecture (2007), all published by Laurence King.