CURVE CULTURE [Volume 1]

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

[PROFESSOR PAUL ANDERSEN]

FALL 2013

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[PUBLISHED BOOK]

Volume 1 looks at the history of euclidean based geometry in architecture while [Curve Culture: Volume 2] looks at contemporary graphics and their formal analysis.

This book looks at how architecture and graphic design have been mutually influential on each another. Looking at various moments in history, you can see the development in regular curvature, particularly the fillet.

Herbert Bayer's Universal Typeface and Hans Scharoun's Schminke House appeared at a similar moment, reflecting sensibilities of the machine era during the 1920s and 1930s. Paul Rand's ABC logo and Marcel Breuer's IBM Research Center both appeared in a time of strong corporate identities during the 1940s and 1950s. In addition, Peter Max's first TV commercial and Archigram's Instant City both appeared along side the development of pop art and psychedelia. Architecture's interest in spline based geometry during the 1990s created a gap in this connection with graphic design, momentarily leaving regular curvature behind.

This book was written by a group of graduate students and Paul Andersen at the UIC School of Architecture.

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