Elements of Architecture

Elements of Architecture focuses on the fragments of the rich and complex architectural collage. Window, façade, balcony, corridor, fireplace, stair, escalator, elevator: the book seeks to excavate the micro-narratives of building detail. The result is no single history, but rather the web of origins, contaminations, similarities, and differences in architectural evolution, including the influence of technological advances, climatic adaptation, political calculation, economic contexts, regulatory requirements, and new digital opportunities.

AuthorsRem Koolhaas, AMO, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Editors in ChiefJames Westcott, Stephan Petermann
research and developmentStephan Trüby
design and art directionIrma Boom
research associateManfredo di Robilant
contributorsTom Avermaete, C-Lab, Jeffrey Inaba, Benedict Clouette, Keller Easterling, Jiren Feng, Niklas Maak, Sebastian Marot, Kevin McLeod, Friedrich-Mielke-Institut für Scalalogie, Hans Werlemann, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Fang Zhenning
Hardcover2528 pages