Author(s): Christiane Sauer
A detailed guide to innovative materials and their applications in today's architecture and design.
Without high-tech building materials the modern structures of today's architecture
would be inconceivable and unbuildable. Made of ]] presents a wide range of
the innovative building materials that are currently being developed, as well as
their applications for today's architecture.
Made of ]] introduces architects to new approaches to sophisticated building concepts
that are made possible by the use of high-tech building materials. In each
chapter for example "Reinforced," "Glass Fibers," "Carbon Fibers," "Natural Fibers,"
"Sandwiches," "Honeycombs," and "Foams" the qualities of a new material are
explained and evaluated. Their applications are not only explained in insightful
texts, but also clarified in images of current architectural projects that use them.
Today, the demands on a building in terms of sustainability, energy efficiency, and
security are constantly rising. A structure also has to address the social aspects
of those who use it and be immune to the pollutants that attack its surface. At the
same time, the demands on building materials are also rising, as are those on the
architects who use them. Made of ]] gives architects both inspiration and practical
advice as to how they can work with innovative building materials today in a
way that is also viable for the future.
The texts in Made of ]] are written by the architect Christiane Sauer, who has
established herself as an international expert in the field of building materials.
She started her career in materials research at star architect Rem Koolhaas's
Office for Metropolitan Architecture, a company that does more intense research
into the field of materials than almost any other. Today, Christiane Sauer has her
own consultancy that advises architects the world over on the subject of building
materials and their application.