MATHEMATICS OF SPACE

A regularly published lecturer and essayist, in addition to IJP: The Book of Surfaces, Legendre is also the author of Bodyline: the End of our Meta-Mechanical Body (AA Publications, 2006) and a critical essay, JP’s Way’, in Mohsen Mostafavi’s Mathematical Form: John Pickering and the Architecture of the Inversion Principle (AA Publications, 2006). In 2011, the practice was a finalist of the MoMA-PS1 design competition. His next research piece, Pasta by Design (see pp 100-1 of this issue) will be published by Thames & Hudson in September 2011. GUEST-EDITED BY GEORGE L LEGENDRE
George L Legendre’s fusion of design, mathematics and computation took off in print starting with IJP: The Book of Surfaces (AA Publications, 2003). Images: p 6(t) © IJP and John Pickering; pp 6(b), 7 © IJP An Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) from his mid-20s, he has been a visiting professor at ETH Zurich and Princeton University, and master of Diploma Unit 5 at the London-based Architectural Association School of Architecture, where he undertook for eight years (alongside Lluis Viu Rebes) the intense educational experiments for which the place was famed. While cherishing this brotherly affiliation, IJP’s attachment to traditional values of instrumentation and artistic probity has been equally important. The work of the firm has been featured on the cover of AA Files, the RIBA Journal, Mondo Arc Perspective + and Icon Magazine among others. Part publisher’s spread and part mathematical surface, this playful manifesto was closely followed by the Henderson Waves project (2004-8), in which his newly minted, eponymous office IJP deployed similar principles to design and tender the tallest pedestrian bridge in Southeast Asia. The influential weekly Building Design recently elected the firm as one of the top five practices in the UK led by principals under the age of 40. Freely inspired by analytic mathematics, computer programming, the literary pranks of Oulipo and other less highbrow forms of automatic writing, the work of IJP is closely identified with the emergent computational avant-garde.

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