Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture

The relationship between architecture and photography and the emergence of a new understanding of realism, based on the production of architectures and images from fragments of reality.



Jesús Vassallo. Prologue by Juan Herreros

1st edition

, 2016

Text in English


200 pages, 164 color and 7 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-019-0


During the past fifty years, documentary photography and architecture have become increasingly interdependent, blurring the disciplinary boundary between the two. Seamless looks at the work of a new generation of European photographers and architects working together to produce images of architecture made from fragments of reality. At the same time, it investigates how shared digital technologies influence the creation of architecture and its photographic representation through images.

Based on a series of interviews, Seamless discusses the collaborations between Filip Dujardin and Jan De Vylder, Philipp Schaerer and Roger Boltshauser, and Bas Princen and OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen. Each of the three sections is illustrated with a series of images that form parallel narratives within the book. In the concluding essay, architect Jesús Vassallo pulls together the threads of the conversations to investigate questions about the impact of digital technology on the value assigned to images, how shared technological platforms enhance the influence photographers and architects have on each other, and why they have often chosen to focus on the dirty realism of urban spaces.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Juan Herreros

 is the founding principal of Estudio Herreros, and a Professor at Madrid School of Architecture and Columbia University in New York.

Jesús Vassallo

 is a Spanish architect and writer, and an assistant professor at Rice University’s School of Architecture in Houston, TX.

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Filip Dujardin, digital collage from the Fictions Series, Undated © Filip Dujardin

Filip Dujardin, Installation titled Treasures of Nation, for De Steiger, Menen, 2014 © Filip Dujardin

Philipp Schaerer, from the Boltshauser series, 2011‒2012 © Philipp Schaerer

Philipp Schaerer, digital collage, Bildbau No 13, 2008 © Philipp Schaerer

Bas Princen and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Wall Pavilion, Shenzhen, 2012 © Photograph Bas Princen

Bas Princen and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Wall Pavilion, Shenzhen, 2012 © Photograph Bas Princen

Bas Princen and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Garden Pavilion, Venice, 2010. Room 4. © Photograph Bas Princen

De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Rampelken House, Ghent, 2010‒2012. © Photograph Filip Dujardin


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