Earth Water Air Fire

Josep Lluis Mateo and Florian Sauter

Forced to interact with the natural elements that invigorate a built structure and co-determine a building’s experiential reality during construction, one ought to keep in mind their brute powers earth’s crushing heaviness, the erratic character of water, air’s thermo-dynamic cataclysms, or the dangerous benignity of fire. Affective in a direct way, they act as guiding principles in the process of realization: ‘While the earth targets the foundations, the roof shields from water, the openings control the flow of air, and the walls protect from the gleaming sun.’


New York, 2014. 24.4x15.5cm, illustrated, 208pp, hardback.

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