A+U 05:2010 Special Issue: Renzo Piano Building Workshop 1989 2010
Special issue dealing with the work of Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Works presented include the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Riehen, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the Auditorium ‘Parco della Musica’ in Rome, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, The Aurora Place in Sydney, the New York Times Building in New York, Maison Hermès in Tokyo, Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church near Foggia, London Bridge Tower project, and the Poor Clare Monastery in Ronchamp. Also included are an essay by Kenneth Frampton, an interview with Piano by Jonathan Glancey, and a biography and organisational profile.
a+u last published a special issue on Renzo Piano and his Building Workshop in 1989, covering their exciting early works. This new monograph continues from there, exploring the last 20 years of his enduring practice where technology, craft, art, and an inherent eco-consciousness are successfully synergized into a sensible yet intriguing architecture. Here, Pianos built works are presented through five environmental-technological themes that recur in his architecture: Daylighting, Greenscapes, Climatic Responsiveness, Renovation and Tectonics. There is a particular focus on detailed drawings, paired with exquisite photographs, to help readers better understand and learn from Pianos thinking and design sensibilities. The 28 featured works span from 1989 till today, and also includes projects in progress such as the London Bridge Tower.