And Now the Ensemble! is intended as a challenge to architects, their clients, and commissioning authorities to understand and create urban development as a dynamic and collective work of art; in short, to make dialogue central to design. Design, atmosphere, and use can make every new building relate to its local surroundings. As a design process, this contextual expansion does not simply imitate the urban pattern, but interprets what is already there, to some extent modernizes it, makes the familiar alien by employing unusual atmospheric imagery, and ultimately transforms the accumulated chaos of soloists into an orchestrated whole. Miros lav Sik, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1953, is a Swiss architect, architectural theorist, and professor in the architecture department at the ETH in Zurich."
Drawing on surviving fragments, the papers collected in this volume reconstruct both the ways in which Hellenistic biographers worked and the characteristics of their works. They investigate the texts’ value as sources for cultural history and address the relation between biography and other genres. In so doing they show that biography was a form of historiography and even constituted an integral part of the era’s historiographical discourse.