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2018
MODEL AS BUILDING - BUILDING AS MODEL
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA.

Off-site Manufacturing (OSM) is not a new idea; the Bauhaus proposed it in the 1920s as a socially progressive model for mass housing. Today, while need remains an important factor behind OSM, it is no longer the dominant one; desire, in all its contemporary forms (digital technology, social media culture, consumer politics, money) is equally important.

Legendre/Yi/Hyun/Yee GSD 1314 (2018)

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2015
BLOCK BLOB SLAB MAT SLAT
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA.

The eighteenth-century conceit that space ought to be planned according to types is almost universally extinct - but two recent events have given it some form of reprieve: In urban China, the prospect of housing 4,000 into a single block has reawakened the same historicist appeal to type which obsessed Europeans during their own (post-war) boom. Further to that, the emergence of parametric design has rejuvenated the notions of variation and versioning - creating, as a bonus, its own types.

Legendre/Papadopoulou/Perez GSD 1315 (2015)

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2007-14
THE CYCLE OF REAL AND IMAGINARY VARIABLES
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA.

From 2007 to 2014, we focused on three building types: contemporary art spaces, high-rise residential, and global arenas.

Prior to the recent surge in ‘iconic’ tower design, meeting the ruthless demands of the type's techno-commercial economy ensured that high-rise building remained all but a sort of vernacular - an architecture without architects. To demonstrate this thesis we edited and produced several studio publications on the problem (see below).

Legendre/Kahlen AADip 5 (2007)

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2007
THE SKYSCRAPER MANUAL Singapore Edition, Architectural Association School Of Architecture London

1. Singapore's Planning, Zoning processes, and Laws. 2. Technical and Political Parameters of Urban Massing. 3. Industry performance Ratios. 2. Planning Grids and Floor Plate layouts. 5. Circulation patterns. 6. Environmental Control. 7. Fire Safety. 8. material Principles. 9. Structural Scheme Design. 10. Facade performance. 11. Construction principles.

Legendre/Ballini/Dyvik/Son AADip 5 (2007)

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2010
THE SKYSCRAPER MANUAL Manhattan Edition, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA.

This Manual updates the 2007 edition with an emphasis on Manhattan. Chapters: 1. Manhattan's Planning, Zoning processes, and Laws. 2. Technical and Political Parameters of Urban Massing. 3. Industry performance Ratios. 2. Planning Grids and Floor Plate layouts. 5. Circulation patterns. 6. Environmental Control. 7. Fire Safety. 8. material Principles. 9. Structural Scheme Design. 10. Facade performance. 11. Construction principles.

Legendre/Liu/Yoneda GSD3404 (2010)

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2012
THE BOOK OF REAL AND IMAGINARY VARIABLES I Art Spaces, Harvard Graduate School of Design

The explosion of large private galleries has firmly established the type as the most exciting and self-indulgent of briefs: luxurious, inefficient buildings full of empty rooms, strictly regulated for comfort through state-of-the art envelopes and environmental systems, kitted with artefacts of blockbuster ambition, vehicles of financial investment, national pride, or artistic deceit.

1. Use / Space Planning 2. Back of House/Front of House 3. Vertical and Horizontal Circulation patterns 4. Natural Lighting 5. Environmental Control Parameters 6. Precedents

Legendre/Idris/Solar/Koh/Wong GSD 1316 (2012)

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2013
THE BOOK OF REAL AND IMAGINARY VARIABLES II Art Spaces, Harvard Graduate School of Design

The 2012 edition is also divided into 6 chapters: 1. Use / Space Planning 2. Back of House/Front of House 3. Vertical and Horizontal Circulation patterns 4. Natural Lighting 5. Environmental Control Parameters 6. Precedents

Legendre/Ficher/Robbins/Shull/Chin/Jawaid/Leef GSD 1314 (2013)



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2014
THE BOOK OF REAL AND IMAGINARY VARIABLES III Global Arenas, Harvard Graduate School of Design

The 2014 edition is dedicated to Global Arenas. It is divided into 6 chapters: 1. Site and Context 2. Structural Principles 3. Circulation patterns 4. Seating and Viewing 5. Public and Private Facilities 6. Case Studies 7. Imaginary Variables

Legendre/Chang/Kim/Lai/Michalski/Pitner/Soderberg/ Wubeshet/Xu/ Zeitler GSD 1314 (2014)



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