CCI Architecture Lecturer Publishes New Book

University of Portsmouth, CCI, School of Architecture lecturer, Martin Pearce has published a new book, with Design Engine, entitled, Building Stories.

Building Stories, is structured around thematic chapters that address their concerns and practice, exploring projects including universities and schools, cultural spaces, offices and houses.

The book examines the importance of an architect in responding to unique qualities of site and environment, sustainability, the formal language of architecture, and ideas of volume, form and space, whilst addressing the methods through which buildings are realised, and the tactile and visual delight of materials brought together under the passage of light and time.

Building Stories appeals to architects, students and the general reader, and is thoroughly illustrated with photographs, drawings, models and diagrams.

“I hope that it might also be helpful to students in that the book addresses some of these architectural themes and extends beyond solely the work of the practice. Of course the School has a long relationship with Design Engine with the directors being past students of the School or having been examiners here. The practice also continues to employ our students and are involved our mentoring program and are great promoters of the Portsmouth School.” -Martin Pearce.

Building Stories is more than a usual parade of projects and is organised around nine books under thematic chapters of Place, People, Craft, Sequence, Wisdom, Surface, Theater, Composition and Colour.

The book will be released on the 25th of January and you can pre-order a copy of Building Stories now, on Artifice, and Amazon, more information about Building Stories is available on the Design Engine website.

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Katie Clarke

Katie Clarke is a Media Studies Student, currently on her Placement Year, working as Promotions Assistant for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Portsmouth.

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