An Atlas of Fabrication: Barkow Leibinger

The practice's fascination with machine-tool fabrication began academically but now resonates in all ongoing building projects within the practice. The book shows how the work favours a material architecture, guided by a conviction that architectural ideas and materials are inextricably intertwined. Put another way, architecture is a physical substance, and the point of conceptualisation is to figure out how to treat that material. It is a practice that embraces the factory, where an ongoing dialogue is established with the industries that make the machines and people who operate them. This knowledge informs the work and frees it from the standard building catalogue.