Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain

Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain

In contemporary architecture, “landform building” is much more than just a formal strategy. New technologies, new design techniques, and a demand for enhanced environmental performance have provoked a rethinking of architecture’s traditional relationship to the ground.



Landform Building sets out to examine the many manifestations of landscape and ecology in contemporary architectural practice – not as a cross-disciplinary phenomenon (architects working in the landscape) but as new design techniques, new formal strategies, and technical problems within architecture.

The book offers a comprehensive overview of the subject and documents current projects with illustrations and maps.

It presents work by Iñaki Ábalos, Tacita Dean, Steven Holl Architects, Junya Ishigami, Toyo Ito, Tsunehisa Kimura, Atelier Peter Kis, Mansilla+Tuñón, Michael Maltzan, Adam Maloof+Situ Studio, Giancarlo Mazzanti, Walter Niedermayr, Ryue Nishizawa, Dominique Perrault, Philippe Rahm, and Chris Taylor. Essays by experts complete this work of reference.

About the editor(s)

Stan Allen is an American architect, theorist and former dean of Princeton University School of Architecture.[1] He received a B.A. from Brown University, a B.Arch. from Cooper Union and an M.Arch. from Princeton University. He has worked in the offices of Richard Meier and Rafael Moneo, and was formerly the director, with landscape architect James Corner, of Field Operations.[where?] His practice, Stan Allen Architect, is based in New York City.

Prior to his move to Princeton in 2002, Allen directed the AAD (Advanced Architectural Design) Program at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. In 2012, Allen was elected to the National Academy of Design.

Marc McQuade is an architect at Adjaye Associates in New York.


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Hardback | Approx. €300 EU /// £150 UK | ISBN: 978-3-03778-223-1 | 416 pp. | Lars Müller Publishers | 2011



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