People Place Purpose

People Place Purpose

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People Place Purpose
The World According to Mecanoo

Author: Francine Houben

22 x 17 cm | 7 x 9 cm
251 colour and b/w ills | 352 pages
Paperback

Since 1984 Mecanoo has been committed to creating architecture that contributes to a better world. From an office that started out designing social housing, the practice has developed into an international firm with projects all over the world. Mecanoo has 30 years'experience in the design of buildings, urban plans, landscapes and interiors in which the public space always plays a key role. People Place Purpose describes the specific architecture Mecanoo explores, illustrating the way they seek identity in a globalised world, via the texture of a local stone, colours of fruit trees or rituals of inhabitants, Mecanoo is driven to design buildings with strength to earth. Through 17 projects, all built in different conditions, the reader is given insight into what drives Francine Houben in making architecture on strange ground: 'I am specialized in things, I didn't do before.'

The book is introduced with an article about Mecanoo's hometown Delft and goes on to describe the parallel development of the university campus and their office. It shows the way time affects the purpose of buildings and landscapes. Mecanoo designs places for people. The office begins through exploring the physical urban context and observing the life that inhabits it. The ultimate goal is to make buildings that want to be used. This is the message that People Place Purpose aims to convey.