A quick head's up. I received a very cool book: Installations by Architects. It profiles artistic projects from renowned architects around the world.
Here is the official rundown: Over the last few decades, a rich and increasingly diverse practice has
emerged in the art world that invites the public to touch, enter, and
experience the work, whether it is in a gallery, on city streets, or in
the landscape. Like architecture, many of these temporary artworks
aspire to alter viewers' experience of the environment. An installation
is usually the end product for an artist, but for architects it can
also be a preliminary step in an ongoing design process. Like paper
projects designed in the absence of "real" architecture, installations
offer architects another way to engage in issues critical to their
practice. Direct experimentation with architecture's material and
social dimensions engages the public around issues in the built
environment that concern them and expands the ways that architecture
can participate in and impact people's everyday lives.
The first survey of its kind,Installations by Architects
features fifty of the most significant projects from the last
twenty-five years by today's most exciting architects, including
Anderson Anderson, Philip Beesley , Diller + Scofidio, John Hejduk, Dan
Hoffman, and Kuth/Ranieri Architects. Projects are grouped in critical
areas of discussion under the themes of tectonics, body, nature,
memory, and public space. Each project is supplemented by interviews
with the project architects and the discussions of critics and
theorists situated within a larger intellectual context. There is no
doubt that installations will continue to play a critical role in the
practice of architecture. Installations by Architects aims to contribute to the role of installations in sharpening our understanding of the built environment.
It can be bought here (no affiliation).