Thursday, February 7, 2013

Associate Professor Scott Murray is the author of a new book, titled “Translucent Building Skins: Material Innovations in Modern and Contemporary Architecture” (Routledge, 2013). Available here:  http://amzn.com/0415689317.  The book explores the design of innovative building envelopes, with a focus on the tectonics, the history, and the influence of translucency as a defining characteristic in architecture.  Each chapter presents a comparative analysis of two primary buildings: a recent project from the last 15 years, paired with a historical precedent from the early twentieth century, highlighting the materials and methods used by architects in different eras to experiment with the condition of translucency. Murray is also the author of “Contemporary Curtain Wall Architecture” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).