Can cellphones influence architecture? Architect Marc Kushner, author of a new book, 'The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings' thinks so—especially as more people look to take selfies with interesting backgrounds. His book showcases 100 buildings that capture what he sees as the future of architecture.— The Wall Street Journal
by Marc Kushner
Through his unique position at the crossroads of architecture and social media, architect and Architizer.com founder Marc Kushner highlights 100 buildings, and the questions they seem to ask of us: How can we live smaller? Can a building breathe? With stunning photography and stories of architectural wonder from across the globe, The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings illustrates the rapidly evolving world of architecture in the digital age.
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A pavilion made from paper. An inflatable concert hall. A building that eats smog. A bridge that grows grapes. The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings captures the soaring confidence, the thoughtful intelligence, the futuristic wonder, and at times the sheer whimsy of the world's most inspired and future-looking buildings.
As author Mark Kushner explains, "The future of architecture is not one of any dominant style, but rather a world of constant innovation and experimentation." Like an architectural cabinet of wonders, the book captures this glorious global diversity: From soaring steel towers to bamboo bungalows; from iconic monuments to ingenious children's playgrounds, each page offers an unexpected glimpse of architecture's potential.
In the age of social media, buildings speak louder than ever. Everyone with a smartphone has become an architectural photographer, snapping selfies with the world's most photogenic buildings. And this constant stream of photos ensures that architecture is now in conversation with the world. Its future matters more – and to more of us – than ever.
Aimed at this new, broad audience for architecture, this is an essential and delightful guide to the future being built around us. Each page offers an easy entry point into some of the most innovative aspects of architecture in a way that's fun, witty and engaging. From designers who ask "Can architecture help us age?" to communities that wonder, "Could our kids play in a wasteland?" to high-tech innovators who asked "Can we live in meat?", The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings throws light on the most fascinating challenges being addressed today by the world's most innovative design thinkers.
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Marc Kushner is a practicing architect who splits his time between designing buildings at HWKN, the architecture firm he co-founded, and amassing the world's architecture on the website he runs, Architizer.com. Both have the same mission: to reconnect the public with architecture.
Kushner's core belief is that architecture touches everyone - and everyone is a fan of architecture - even if they don't know it yet. New forms of media empower people to shape the built environment, and that means better buildings that make better cities that make a better world.