The Function of Form

Farshid Moussavi

A comprehensively compiles a set of material systems, analysing ways in which they can be tessellated to produce novel forms.

’Form follows function.’ There has never been a more seductive dictum in the history of architecture. In this publication, internationally acclaimed architect, Farshid Moussavi, provides a provocative critique of the historically opposing relationship between function and form to reveal the contradiction at the heart of modernism. We need to move away from the definition of function as utility, she argues, to align it with how function is defined in mathematics, biology or music. Form, on the other hand, should be considered not only in the way buildings are produced, but also how they perform sensorially.

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Author: Farshid Moussavi

Size: 17 x 22 cm
Pages: 520
Illustrations: Duotone
Cover: Flexibound
Publication date: October 2009
Re-printing ready on November 2018
ISBN: English 978-84-96954-73-1
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £29.95
Re-printing ready on mid 2018

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