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Book Review: Yes is More

Denmark Architecture News - Jun 04, 2009 - 16:41   9172 views

The monograph has become a fairly predictable format for architecturebooks, varying, it seems, only in terms of how much content ispresented and what the page looks like. Collecting photographs offinished buildings, renderings of unbuilt or soon-to-be-built projects,conventional architectural drawings, descriptive text, essays byadmirers, and sometimes more, the clear goal of monographs is product,not process. Certain exceptions to this unwritten rule exist, mostnotably OMA/Rem Koolhaas`s influential S,M,L,XL and later Content,but the effort and potential risks associated with undertaking suchpreclude more in their ilk, meaning the tried-and-true prevails. Manymonographs do attempt different ways of arranging the content and/orexpanding it to include process as well as product, but for a fullunderstanding of why a particular design looks the way it does one isleft yearning for more. Perhaps architects do not want to reveal toomuch, or they`ve moved beyond the buildings collected into a monograph.Whatever the reason, this "archicomic on architectural evolution"stands apart from other monographs to provide abundant insight into theworking process of Denmark`s Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).