New architecture in London presents a richly facetted range of contemporary urban designs. Social and political forces require more than just cosmetic packaging for new buildings. The façade as a public face plays a complex role here.
While facades used to perform a static, representative guide, the requirements today focus on communication and interactivity. “Scratching the Surface” surveys the current state of affairs and documents today’s technical possibilities.
The book – which can be used as a guide due to its handy format – shows state-of-the-art façade construction. Its detailed technical renderings are meant to appeal to architects, planners and architecture students as well as civil engineers interested in architecture.