“Thoughtful and compellingly written.”
Glenn D. Lowry,director of the Museum of Modern Art
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Architecture after Images
By Edward Dimendberg
|Publication date: April 1, 2013 ||Cloth $65.00/£42.00 |
|Foreign Publication Date: April 8, 2013 ||ISBN: 978-0-226-15181-6 |
Best known for their work on New York’s High Line, Diller Scofidio + Renfro are considered one of the country’s—if not the world’s—most unconventional architecture firms. Sometimes thought of as artists in architects’ suits, DS+R took many years before they actually built a building. But today, their work includes Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art and the recent renovations to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. In Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images, Edward Dimendberg offers the first comprehensive treatment of this imaginative contemporary design studio, drawing from interviews and unprecedented access to unpublished documents, sketchbook entries, and archival records.
Since founding their practice in 1979, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio have integrated architecture, urban design, media art, and the performing arts in a dazzling array of projects, and at the center of this work is a fascination with vision and a commitment to questioning the certainty and security long associated with architecture. Dimendberg provides an extensive overview of these concerns and the history of the studio, revealing how principals Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro continue to expand the definition of architecture and question the nature of space and vision in contemporary culture. He also explores how the works of DS+R relate to those by other modernists, especially Marcel Duchamp and John Hejduk, and he reveals how the fascination of the architects with evolving forms of media, technology, and building materials has allowed them to unsettle distinctions among architecture and other media.
Edward Dimendberg is professor of film and media studies, visual studies, and European languages and studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity, coeditor of The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, and the principal of Dimendberg Consulting LLC.