The Work of Machado & Silvetti Associates

La Obra de Machado y Silvetti Asociados


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SpecificationsSKU: 90705Binding: Cloth Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-940743-56-1 Pages: 358 pp Publication Date: Fall 2018 Size: 9.75” x 11.5” Portrait World Rights: Available

The Work of Machado and Silvetti presents the projects designed in the last four decades by these two architects. As active participants in the architectural scene of the ’70s and ’80s, they were intensely engaged in the origins of the debate that changed the course of architectural thinking, and of its pedagogical and professional practice implications. At the emergence of postmodernism, being considered as “outsiders,” they escaped from the reductionist attitudes that either took historical forms for legitimizing architectural practice or renounced to accept that a tabula rasa as unthinkable. They confront the practice of architecture with realism and from a cultural perspective that engages the multiple social and technical practices that bear on the creative process of making architecture: they consider typologies as indifferent to function or to iconographic definition and defend the potential of architectural language and of architecture as a discipline. Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti have coined the idea of unprecedented realism to describe their distinctive design strategies and techniques of assemblage, personal interpretation, the production of meaning and the creation of emerging typologies. Their work pays attention to the culture, site, market, material detailing, and architectural composition.

Javier Cenicacelaya is an architect and professor of architecture at the University of the Basque Country. He is an architect from the University of Navarra and holds an MA from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc from the University of Oxford. He has an office in Bilbao with Iñigo Saloña.

Iñigo Saloña is an architect from the University of Navarra and has an office in Bilbao with Javier Cenicacelaya.

Nader Tehrani is the dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union. He is also a principal of NADAAA, a multi-disciplinary practice with projects in urbanism, architecture, and fabrication.

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Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 2 × 12 in

Cloth Hardcover




358 pp

Publication date

Fall 2018


9.75” x 11.5” Portrait

World rights