Architecture Follows Fish

Architecture Follows Fish An Amphibious History of the North Atlantic

Hardback (15 Oct 2024)

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Publisher's Synopsis

A highly original exploration of the history of architecture in relation to fish, shedding light on the connection between marine environments and terrestrial landscapes.


Architecture Follows Fish is set in the North Atlantic, and its protagonist is fish. In this book author and architect André Tavares explores the notion of fishing architecture, a concept coined to describe architectural practices that are spawned by fisheries. To encompass the scope of fishing architecture, and to establish the connections between marine ecology and architectural practice, the book oscillates between different continents, centuries, and species. Fisheries are unique, and this book sheds light on that uniqueness through an articulated narrative and a wealth of iconography.

Up until now there has been no history of architecture from the perspective of fish, although there are counterparts for meat, timber, oil, and many other industries. Tavares provides a counter-narrative to the traditional history of marine environments, which is typically focused on water ecosystems, and instead forms a bridge between what happens at sea and what happens on land. The hope is that, after reading this book, readers will better understand life in the sea in relation to urban growth and terrestrial landscapes.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262049108
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 720.91821
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20240403
Language: English
Number of pages: cm
Weight: 567g
Height: 241mm
Width: 159mm