New titles in the Architecture at Rice series announcements

New titles in the Architecture at Rice series
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Rice Architecture is pleased to announce the two latest publications in its long-running Architecture at Rice book series. “Since 1961, the masthead has invited architects like Louis Kahn and Shadrach Woods to reflect on the changing world and stimulate the conversations—and ultimately the new forms of practice—needed to impact such changes and the lives of people worldwide said he Igor Marjanović, William Ward Watkin Dean for Rice Architecture. “The two new books of the imprint,” he continued, “Nueva Vivienda and system of noveltiesexpand this journey by building a web of local-global dialogues about today’s design research – from Interloop’s Houston-based projects – architecture to ongoing housing innovations in Mexico – and a unique forum for the participation and celebration of our connected, multicultural world.”

system of novelties Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble, Interloop – Architecture, Architecture at Rice 56
With its unique combination of diversity, culture and industry, Houston is a unique place for the practice of architecture. Combining elements of both a monograph and a field guide, system of novelties reflects on this context and offers insights into the creative work of Interloop-Architecture, a Houston-based practice founded in 2001 by Rice architecture professors Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble. The book focuses on innovative building technologies, inventive forms and precise material surfaces. Interloop—Architecture’s wide-ranging projects include the design of custom furniture and furnishings, private residences, research complexes and cultural institutions. The book places the firm’s novel architectural designs in their broader technical, theoretical and regulatory context, with a particular focus on how influences, processes and techniques have been threaded from project to project over two decades. A diverse collection of built and speculative designs is framed by three pairs of research topics: information – form, process – assembly and material – detail. Graphical notes trace and synthetically connect the systems—some unique, others recurring—used in and between projects, telling a broader story of the intertwining of design research and material manufacture and delivery.

Nueva Vivienda: New Housing Paradigms in Mexicoedited by Jesús Vassallo and Sebastián López Cardozo, Architecture at Rice 57
In the aftermath of World War II, eminent Mexican architects such as Juan O’Gorman and Luis Barragán pioneered the adaptation of an international narrative in housing to their local cultural context. Seven decades later, Mexican architecture—and residential design in particular—is receiving unprecedented international attention, contributing to a global discourse grounded in local economic, cultural, and environmental concerns. Continuation of discussions at a symposium of the same name at Rice University, Nueva Vivienda presents some of the most innovative residential projects built in Mexico in the last decade, including those by Anonimous, Ambrosi Etchergaray, Luis Aldrete, Taller Héctor Barroso, El Cielo, CPDA Arquitectos, Frida Escobedo, G3 Arquitectos, HGR Arquitectos, Estudio Macías Peredo , Estudio MMX, Productora and Reurbano. In addition to numerous images and drawings, the accompanying academic essays provide historical and theoretical background, and a series of discussions between architects, developers, and academics sheds light on the complexity of the local context, the emergence of novel housing typologies, and their global impact beyond Mexico.

Rice Architecture recently hosted book launch events for both publications, which can also be viewed on the school’s YouTube channel. Both books are available to order from University of Chicago Press, Park Books and independent booksellers across the country.

For inquiries or to request a press copy, please contact Nancy O’Connor, Managing Editor, Rice Architecture at =(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);});return false” > nancyo [​at​]

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