Publication

  • Climates
    Philippe Rahm
    Author
    Lars Müller Publishers, 2018
  • GRANTEE
    Philippe Rahm
    GRANT YEAR
    2018

Philippe Rahm architectes, mosbach paysagistes, Ricky Liu & Associates, Meteorological Garden of the Central Park, Taichung, Taiwan, 2012–18. Courtesy of Philippe Rahm architectes.

Climate change is forcing us to rethink architecture. Climates, a monograph on the work by Philippe Rahm architectes, encourages a focus shift away from a purely visual and functional approach towards one that considers meteorology as a new tool of architectural design. It explores the atmospheric and poetic potential of new construction techniques and defines a new architectural language with climate in mind. At the same time the book calls for a more sensual exchange between body and space in order to change the way we inhabit buildings today. Redefining the aesthetic, the social, and the political value of architecture at the age of climate change, this book increases scientific knowledge and extends the imaginary world. Climates strives to engage a broad audience, and to do so by meeting the highest standards of editing, production, and design.

Philippe Rahm is a Swiss architect, principal in the office of Philippe Rahm architectes, based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. He has taught architecture design at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton, and Columbia. In 2002, Rahm was chosen to represent Switzerland at the 8th Architecture Biennale in Venice. His most recent work includes the 67 hectares Taiwan Taichung Central Park and its facilities buildings, opening in August 2018.