BOOK BY ILA BERMAN AND DOUGLAS BURNHAM
AR+D Publishing (hardcover, 383 pages)
If architecture, interiors, sculpture and landscapes are the four points that define the artificial, then the wide-open world of architectural installation occupies the blurry zone between them. In this ambitious book, authors Ila Berman and Douglas Burnham set out to map this territory with a “taxonomical framework” defining 12 types of installation, the “expanded field” of the title. With 75 case studies amply documented by photos and diagrams, the authors flesh out the axes of their matrix; “Architecture/sculpture,” for instance, claims pavilions such as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, while Julio Le Parc’s reflective mobiles, Lumière en Mouvement, stand in for “Interior/sculpture.” More than just an exercise in labelling, Expanded Field is proof that installations are at the cutting edge of the exploration that crosses the lines between disciplines. Although its image-dense pages can feel overwhelming, the book goes a long way toward establishing architectural installations as a distinct, if diverse, field.