by | 23. Aug 2012


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An apartment building that sprouts from the earth and grows on its own, a floating conference center, and other visions.

John Johansen (b 1916) has been one of the preeminent architects in the United States for more than half a century. Since retiring from practice, Johansen has devoted himself to producing futuristic architecture that looks to the newest technologies science has to offer, from nanotechnology to magnetic levitation to material science, for its inspiration.

The book Nanoarchitecture presents eleven of Johansen’s most inspired visions, offering an antidote to much of today’s form-driven practice. Michael Moran’s amazing model photos suggests what it would be like to inhabit these fantastic spaces.

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Johansen’s best known buildings are the Oklahoma (Mummers) Theater Center (1970), and the Goddard Library at Clark University, Massachusetts (1968). Also included are the L. Frances Smith School in Columbus (1969), Mechanic Theater in Baltimore (1967), Staten Island Community College (1975), Clowes Hall and Opera House (1964), the U.S. Embassy in Dublin (1963),and several houses.