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About the author:
Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta (1957) has been considered by many as one of the most interesting architect, musician, photographer and intermedia artist at the beginning of the third millennium - according to statements written by like John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Lucrezia De Domizio, Merce Cunningham, John Archibald Wheeler, René Berger, Dove Bradshaw, Daniel Charles, Phill Niblock or William Anastasi among others.
His works are included in some of the most important art collections and world-wide recognized institutions like the Whitney Museum of New York, the ARS AEVI Contemporary Art Museum in Sarajevo, the Biennale of Venice, the Cyber Art Museum of Seattle, the Kunsthaus of Zurich, the Durini Contemporary Art Collection, the Bibliotèque Nationale of Paris and the MART - Modern Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento among others.
He has developed architecture, urban projects and music using Virtual Reality and cyberspace technologies and neurosciences.
His works are included in the Universalis Encyclopaedia (Britannica Encyclopedia) since 1991; in the Sloninsky Baker's Music Dictionary (Berkeley); the Charles Hall's Chronology of the Western Classical Music; in the All Music Guide - The Expert's Guide to the Best Cds; the Wikipedia and in the Babylon among others. Articles on his works have regularly appeared in different newspapers and magazines, like The Wire, Ear, New York Times, Le Monde, Le Parisien, Liberation, O Estado de Sao Paulo, O Expresso, and O Globo, Il Sole 24 Ore and la Reppublica, among others.
In the early 1980s Emanuel Pimenta coined the concept "virtual architecture", later largely used as specific discipline in universities all over the world. Among his challenging architectural designs, there is the famous floating island for Lisbon, Portugal; an experimental floating island for the Lake Maggiore in Switzerland; the Symmetrion building in Budapest, Hungary; and the Time Design Museum building, in Trancoso, Portugal.
In the end of 1980s he published in England the first book of the world on virtual architecture.
In 1981 he started elaborating Woiksed - the first virtual planet of the world, anticipating Second Life in about twenty years. In 1994 he received an important European Prize for that project.
In the 1990s he was the curator of the first exhibitions of virtual architecture all over the world. One of these exhibitions was at the Biennale of São Paulo, in 1999 and 2000.


a bird orbiting planet earth

Authored by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta

Kairos is the history of the first design of architecture - in its most elevated sense - for a space project. Between 2008 and 2011, the Brazilian architect and urban planner Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta designed a building to be permanently in orbit of planet Earth. Beyond an architectural design it also is a reflection on the human condition, on the possibility of the end of wars, of the leap of Humanity to the Universe and on a civilizational metamorphosis. But it also is a technical and technological questioning, and an artwork. With additional texts by the architects Carlos Zibel and Bruno Padovano, of the astrophysicist Amâncio Friaça, and a poem of the hypermedia artist Artur Matuck - all from USP University of São Paulo, Emanuel Pimenta's book also tells the history of the design of space stations, from the 19th century to now, in a fabulous trip with the reader.

Publication Date:
1467927732 / 9781467927734
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Architecture / Individual Architects & Firms / General

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