Transparent Architecture


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SpecificationsSKU: 90607Size: 6″x7.75″, portrait Pages: 112 Binding: softbound Publication Date: May 2017 ISBN: 978-1-939621-45-0 World Rights: Available
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First used in the 15th century, the word transparent has origins in the Medieval Latin – transparere, meaning to show through.  It’s original Latin derivation is trans + parere, meaning to show oneself. The projects in this book point to an architecture that seemingly suggests a multiplicity of qualities. Paradoxically, it is also an architecture that reveals itself and its own singular nature clearly

The structures themselves display their own material and organizational logic, yet they are also able to function as containers for thought, moods, and memories. The inhabitant then moves through and interacts, in a live and changing world.
Activities happen all at once, in a seamless whole, in simultaneity of experience. This is an architecture of natural processes in the revealed landscape, entropic and vital, where the normal boundaries and usual edges do not hold. The experimental drawings, texts, and built projects within are visual and spatial explorations. They aim toward architecture that provokes thought, refines one’s abilities to see, and embraces the ongoing confluence and mutability of things.

This compilation of work by Architect Gordon Gilbert explores the idea of transparency in architecture, ranging from an open physical transparency, to clarity of structure, to the dematerialization of the physical object, and further to evolving and expanding states of architectural awareness. This exploration is facilitated through a revealing juxtaposition of experimental drawing, subliminal texts, and constructed work.

Gordon Gilbert was born in Washington DC and raised in Latin America. After earning degrees in Architecture and Art History from the University of Miami, he established his own architectural office in New York City in 1984, Gordon Gilbert Architect. As a founding member of the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture, Gilbert has developed conceptual and experimental work throughout his career, including such projects as Architecture of the Night, which was published and exhibited internationally. With an eye always on artistic design, he has acted as fellow in architecture at the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and has been involved in set design for productions by New York City dance companies, while also completing numerous design and construction projects nationwide.

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 2 in

6"x7.75", portrait





Publication date

May 2017



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