Introducing Architectural Tectonics: Exploring the Intersection of Design and Construction

Introducing Architectural Tectonics: Exploring the Intersection of Design and Construction

By: Chad Schwartz (author)Paperback

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Introducing Architectural Tectonics is an exploration of the poetics of construction. Tectonic theory is an integrative philosophy examining the relationships formed between design, construction, and space while creating or experiencing a work of architecture. In this text, author Chad Schwartz presents an introductory investigation into tectonic theory, subdividing it into distinct concepts in order to make it accessible to beginning and advanced students alike. The book centers on the tectonic analysis of twenty contemporary works of architecture located in eleven countries including Germany, Italy, United States, Chile, Japan, Bangladesh, Spain, and Australia and designed by such notable architects as Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, Kengo Kuma, Olson Kundig, and Peter Zumthor. Although similarities do exist between the projects, their distinctly different characteristics - location and climate, context, size, program, construction methods - and range of interpretations of tectonic expression provide the most significant lessons of the book, helping you to understand tectonic theory. Written in clear, accessible language, these investigations examine the poetic creation of architecture, showing you lessons and concepts that you can integrate into your own work, whether studying in a university classroom or practicing in a professional office.

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About Author

Chad Schwartz is an architect and educator currently serving as Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University, USA. He teaches both design and building technology, continually seeking to merge the two bodies of knowledge. His research focuses on the introduction of critical making, tectonic investigation, and design/build into the classroom.


Foreword by Edward R. Ford. Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Investigating the Tectonic. 1. Loblolly House 2. Swiss Sound Box 3. Thorncrown Chapel 4. Government Canyon Visitor Center 5. Peninsula House 6. Prayer Pavilion of Light 7. GC Prostho Museum Research Center 8. Parrish Art Museum 9. Center of Gravity Foundation Hall 10. Chapel of Reconciliation 11. Porciuncula La Milagrosa Chapel 12. Arabian Library 13. METI Handmade School 14. Brain Studio 15. Chapel del Retiro 16. Lanxi Curtilage Building 17. Punta della Dogana 18. National Museum of Roman Art 19. Bruder Klaus Field Chapel 20. Casa Tolo Afterword. Glossary. Reference List. Project Credits. Figure Credits. Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/08/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781138833449
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781138833449
  • ISBN10: 1138833444

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