The genius of Cecil Balmond is behind some of the world's most exciting architectural endeavors, from Anish Kapoor's gigantic sculpture Marsyas at Tate Modern to Rem Koolhaas' CCTV buildings in Beijing. Balmond is the great innovator of form and following the success of his book 'Informal' now examines nature and its patterns. He looks through drawing and composition at a perception of space that has interconnected narratives. 'Element' uses pattern, mathematics, and advanced geometry to create an unvonventional exploration of design. Balmond's narrative unfolds in three conceptual chapters - elements, pattern, nature - linked by two conceptual bridges - digital 'tectonics' and numbers. Each of these aspects relates to the others in a number of ways, leading to an invaluable insight into the design process, a highly engrossing journey through the world around uns from the natural elements to the most advanced designs.
* > Cecil Balmond is a Sri Lankan–born designer and engineer of world renown. He was deputy chairman of Ove Arup and Partners Ltd. He is the head of Balmond Studio, a design and research practice based in London. Balmond is the author of informal, Element, and Number 9 (all Prestel). He has received many awards, including the Banister Fletcher Prize, the Gengo Matsui Prize, and the RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Theory in Practice.