After several intensive weeks of work with Jonas Runberger, the book we've designed for him is now proofed and signed-off with the printer in Stockholm. I am very excited about getting it into my hands. We'll post more information and images of the project once we receive a printed copy.
The book is the doctoral thesis of Jonas Runberger, an architect based in Stockholm. He has plenty of interesting material on his work over on his website: www.runberger.net
Cover drawing by Amelie Rydqvist: http://www.flackmannen.se
Here's the cover introduction to the content of the book:
Architectural Prototypes II / Reformations, Speculations and Strategies in the Digital Design Field / KTH School of Architecture and the Built Environment Division of Project Communication / Jonas Runberger
This doctoral thesis is situated within the digital design field of architecture, and is a continuation of the licentiate thesis Architectural Prototypes: Modes of Design Development and Architectural Practice, presented at the KTH School of Architecture in 2008. The doctoral thesis investigates the current status of the digital design field of architecture, and identifies a number of related discourses. Within this field, it identifies a period of formation, which in recent years has turned into a process of reformation. It contributes to this ongoing reformation by proposing two alternate areas of future practice and research within the field. A speculative approach is considered to be important for a continued mode of exploration within the field, and is suggested as away to bring new scope to the digital design field. A number of key terms from the field of science fiction studies have been investigated to support the construction of a speculative framework for further development. A strategic approach is regarded as crucial to the way new design potentials that have emerged within the digital design field to be implemented into general architectural practice, and to further inform the field itself. Key concepts have been imported from the field of strategic management in the formulation of a framework for digital design strategies. The notion of the prototype, as explored in the previous licentiate thesis, resurfaces as a prototypical approach, which could be equally employed in the speculative approach and the strategic approach.