Author(s): Chad Schwartz (Editor)
This anthology of selected works outlines three critical instigators of architecture, all tied directly to the tectonic makeup of our built environment - place, material, and assembly. These catalysts provide the organizational framework for a collection of essays discussing their significant influence on the processes of architectural design and construction. With content from a diverse collection of notable architects, historians, and scholars, this book serves as a theoretical structure for understanding the tectonic potential of architecture. Each chapter is thematically driven, consisting of a pair of essays preceded by an introduction highlighting the fundamental issues at hand and comparing and contrasting the points of view presented. Situate, Manipulate, Fabricate offers an opportunity to explore the essential topics that affect the design and construction, as well as the experiential qualities, of our built environment.
Part 1: Situate
The Foundation of Architecture
Between Traditionalism and Modernism: Approaches to a Vernacular Architecture
Dennis Alan Mann
Newness, Tradition, and Identity: Existential Content and Meaning in Architecture
What Does Place Mean to Me? Everything
Dijana Alic interviews Glenn Murcutt
Preface from "Natural Energy and Vernacular Architecture"
Part 2: Manipulate
Truth to the Medium: Using Materials
Louis I. Kahn
Timber from "The Soul of a Tree"
Structuring Materiality: Design Fabrication of Heterogeneous Materials
On Weathering: A New Surface out of the Tracks of Time
David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi
Material is Not a Finish
Part 3: Fabricate
Excerpts from "The Nature and Art of Workmanship"
Excerpts from "Refabricating Architecture"
Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake
Structure, Construction, Tectonics
Rappel a l’Ordre: The Case for the Tectonic
The Tell-the-Tale Detail
Detail: The Subject of the Object