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Made by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture : An Ethnography of Design

  • Format: Book

  • Publisher: 010 Publishers

  • Date Published: Jul 2010

  • Stock Code: 71139

  • ISBN: 9789064507144

  • Binding: Hardback

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This book presents an ethnographic account of the design rhythms found in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Written as a collection of short stories it draws on the mundane trajectories of models and architects at OMA and shows how innovation permeates design practice and how everyday techniques and workaday choices set new standards for buildings and urban phenomena. These are invariably not the Eureka! moments, but rather the routine mundanity of everyday architectural practice. This enquiry into architecture-in-the-making is based on participant observation, extensive interviews and photo-documentation of various projects, such as: the Seattle Public Library; the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York; China Central Television (CCTV) and La Casa da Musica, Porto.

About the Author

Peter Hetherington, former regional affairs and northern editor of The Guardian, was a reporter at The Journal, Newcastle, covering local government – focussing on local politics and redevelopment – during the early 70s. Latterly he has written about planning, housing, regeneration and local government for The Guardian and other publications, and travelled extensively in Britain and overseas covering that field. He was a board member of the government's former Academy for Sustainable Communities, a member of its former urban sounding board, and is currently a vice president, trustee and policy council member of the Town and Country Planning Association.  

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