A New Book Chronicles the Turbulent History of Architectural Complexity

Asymptote Architecture: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture, Steel Cloud, unbuilt proposal for Los Angeles, California, 1988.. Image © Eduard Hueber

The marquee-busting title says it all: Joseph Giovannini’s Architecture Unbound is an ambitious attempt to explore the wilder shores of design and explain how and why maverick architects have dared greatly. It’s also a wide-ranging introduction to artists who laid the groundwork for architectural innovation a century ago; to the philosophers and theorists who mapped new ways of thinking, and to the complexities of chaos theory, parametric and software programs that have shaped exceptional buildings over the past few decades.

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