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Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture

Phaidon Press, 2002
238 pages
Full colour illustrations.
ISBN: 0714841722

Asymptote expands the boundaries of traditional architectural practice with work that ranges from buildings and urban design to gallery installations and computer-generated environments. The firm, founded in New York in 1989 by Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, draws inspiration from a wide range of sources not traditionally associated with architecture, among them the phenomena of information space, the dynamics and tectonics of sports and sports equipment, and organic systems of transformation. Their projects are equally traversing virtual boundaries - as with new forms and generative processes and new types of building systems. Designed and written by the partners, 'Asymptote: Flux' documents projects from 1996 to 2001, including commissions as diverse as a virtual reality trading floor for the New York Stock Exchange, the A3 furniture system for Knoll, the Fluxspace installations at the 2000 Venice Biennale and the CCAC in San Francisco, the Guggenheim Virtual Museum, and experimental music theatre in Graz, Austria, and the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

Asymptote was a finalist for the National Design Award in Architecture in 2001. The firm's projects have been widely published and exhibited at numerous venues in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


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