And Now the Ensemble!!! is intended as a challenge to architects, their clients, and commissioning authorities to understand and create urban development as a dynamic and collective work of art and to make dialogue central to design. Design, atmosphere, and usage can make every new building relate to its local surroundings. As a design process, this contextual expansion does not simply imitate the urban pattern, but also interprets what is already there, to some extent modernizes it, makes the familiar alien by employing unusual atmospheric imagery, and ultimately transforms the accumulated chaos of soloists into an orchestrated whole.
Edited by Miroslav Šik and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
With photographs by
With contributions by Adam Caruso, Hans Kollhoff, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Quintus Miller and Miroslav Šik
Design: Integral Lars Müller