Skrevet af HENLEY
A first reaction to this book might be, "Oh please, parking garages?" Yes, parking garages. Henley, principal of Buschow Henley, an award-winning architecture firm in London, does a first-rate job of bringing us a broad, nearly global view of their architecture. Surprisingly, the basic features -levels of asphalt, painted stripes, structural support, and the camouflaging of all these elements for the purposes of public display-can bring out an incredible range of design solutions, most in cast concrete. Chapter 1, "The Plasticity of Concrete," is certainly appropriate, as the featured substance takes on shapes that are linear, curvaceous, and much more. A designer's imagination can turn a parking garage's wrapper into a ventilated object of whimsy, a monolith, a silo, a cylinder, or any other geometric container. This is truly the first comprehensive study of the topic available for mass distribution. Henley is thorough, he chooses his examples and visuals carefully, and the text gives readers just enough to engage in an informed conversation on the topic. Highly recommended.