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 1. Site Groundwork Robin Dripps The Foundation of Architecture Rafael Moneo 2. Tradition Between Traditionalism and Modernism: Approaches to a Vernacular Architecture Dennis Alan Mann Newness, Tradition, and Identity: Existential Content and Meaning in Architecture Juhani Pallasmaa 3. Environment What Does Place Mean to Me? Everything Dijana Alic interviews Glenn Murcutt Preface from "Natural Energy and Vernacular Architecture" Hassan Fathy Part 2: Manipulate 4. Intent Truth to the Medium: Using Materials Fil Hearn Monumentality Louis I. Kahn 5. Properties Timber from "The Soul of a Tree" George Nakashima Structuring Materiality: Design Fabrication of Heterogeneous Materials Neri Oxman 6. Meaning On Weathering: A New Surface out of the Tracks of Time David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi Material is Not a Finish Kengo Kuma Part 3: Fabricate 7. Techne Excerpts from "The Nature and Art of Workmanship" David Pye Excerpts from "Refabricating Architecture" Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake 8. Architectonic Structure, Construction, Tectonics Eduard Sekler Rappel a l’Ordre: The Case for the Tectonic Kenneth Frampton 9. Intersection The Tell-the-Tale Detail Marco Frascari Detail: The Subject of the Object Peggy Deamer