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Issue 2.1

Model Perspectives: Structure, Architecture and Culture

An architect’s ability to be creative and to translate conceptual ideas into spatial and material intentions is highly prized, so it is hard to argue that this skill does not require underpinning by some understanding of structural design. Even if, as Cecil Balmond writes in his description of his and Rem Koolhaas’s design process for the Maison à Bordeaux, “Structure in these situations simply gets in the way, becoming an enemy of promise” (259).