EDITORIAL 5 Helen Castle ABOUT THE GUEST-EDITOR 6 Mark Garcia SPOTLIGHT 8 Visual highlights of the issue INTRODUCTION: Histories, Theories and Futures of the Details of Architecture14 Mark Garcia The Grand Work of Fiction: The Detail as Narrative 26 Edward Ford Details Around the Corner 36 Christian Schittich Tectonic Articulation: Making Engineering Logics Speak 44 Patrik Schumacher Future Details of UNStudio Architectures: An Interview with Ben van Berkel 52 Mark Garcia Close Up 62 Hernan Diaz Alonso Un detail de ce qui change: Function of a Function 68 Peter Macapia Future Landscapes of Spatial Details: An Interview with Philippe Rahm 78 Mark Garcia The Rise of the 'Invisible Detail': Ubiquitous Computing and the 'Minimum Meaningful' 86 Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel Information, Complexity and the Detail 92 Dennis R Shelden Growing Details 98 David Benjamin, Danil Nagy and Carlos Olguin DNA disPlay: Programmable Bioactive Materials Using CNC Patterning 104 Skylar Tibbits, Lina Kara'in, Joseph Schaeffer, Helena de Puig, Jose Gomez-Marquez and Anna Young The Post-Epistemological Details of Oceanic Ontologies 112 Rachel Armstrong Detailing the Walled Garden for Lebbeus 118 Neil Spiller The Gold Mine: A Ludic Architecture 128 Nic Clear COUNTERPOINT: The Architectural Detail and the Fear of Commitment 134 Mark Burry CONTRIBUTOR 142
Mark Garcia is a consultant, researcher and academic. He is currently a lecturer, teaching Unit 4, the architectural design studio in the School of Architecture, Design and Construction at the University of Greenwich in London. He has held academic teaching and management posts at St. Antony's College (Oxford University) and in the Departments of Architecture and Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art (RCA), where he supervised M.A, MPhil and PhD students. He has worked in industry as a manager for Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Branson Coates Architecture (BCA). Mark has authored and edited a number of publications including Architextiles, AD (Wiley, 2006), Patterns of Architecture, AD (Wiley, 2010) and The Diagrams of Architecture, AD Reader (Wiley, 2010).