The Architecture of Closed Worlds

In her latest book architect Lydia Kallipoliti analyzes 39 prototypes that were revolutionary in their time

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Whether we refer to outer space capsules, submarines or office buildings, all of these environments were designed as self-sustaining systems. This is what architect Lydia Kallipoliti poses in her book: The Architecture of Closed Worlds: Or, What Is the Power of Shit? In the book, Kallipoliti investigates the structural evolution of closed spaces since 1928 through 39 case studies of revolutionary prototypes, including the House of the Future (1956), Bios 3 (1972), the Rocky Mountain Institute (1982) and the EDEN Project (2000). The prototypes are shown from a new perspective of analysis, supported by archive images and new illustrations.

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and professor. She holds a PhD from Princeton University and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

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