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Studies in Tectonic Culture : The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture - Kenneth Frampton

Studies in Tectonic Culture

The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture

By: Kenneth Frampton, John Cava (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2001
ISBN: 9780262561495
Number Of Pages: 448
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Honorable Mention, 1995, in the category of Excellence in Design and Production, Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. Kenneth Frampton's long-awaited follow-up to his classic "A Critical History of Modern Architecture" is certain to influence any future debate on the evolution of modern architecture. "Studies in Tectonic Culture" is nothing less than a rethinking of the entire modern architectural tradition. The notion of tectonics as employed by Frampton--the focus on architecture as a constructional craft--constitutes a direct challenge to current mainstream thinking on the artistic limits of postmodernism, and suggests a convincing alternative. Indeed, Frampton argues, modern architecture is invariably as much about structure and construction as it is about space and abstract form. Composed of ten essays and an epilogue that trace the history of contemporary form as an evolving poetic of structure and construction, the book's analytical framework rests on Frampton's close readings of key French and German, and English sources from the eighteenth century to the present. He clarifies the various turns that structural engineering and tectonic imagination have taken in the work of such architects as Perret, Wright, Kahn, Scarpa, and Mies, and shows how both constructional form and material character were integral to an evolving architectural expression of their work. Frampton also demonstrates that the way in which these elements are articulated from one work to the next provides a basis upon which to evaluate the works as a whole. This is especially evident in his consideration of the work of Perret, Mies, and Kahn and the continuities in their thought and attitudes that linked them to the past. Frampton considers the conscious cultivation of the tectonic tradition in architecture as an essential element in the future development of architectural form, casting a critical new light on the entire issue of modernity and on the place of much work that has passed as "avant-garde." "Studies in Tectonic Culture" is a copublication of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies and The MIT Press.

"No single author has so comprehensively studied the application of technology in building and its dialectic with form and style as Frampton does here." - James B. Garrison, Philadelphia Architect

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Reflections on the Scope of the Tectonicp. 1
Greco-Gothic and Neo-Gothic: The Anglo-French Origins of Tectonic Formp. 29
The Rise of the Tectonic: Core Form and Art Form in the German Enlightenment, 1750-1870p. 61
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Text-Tile Tectonicp. 93
Auguste Perret and Classical Rationalismp. 121
Mies van der Rohe: Avant-Garde and Continuityp. 159
Louis Kahn: Modernization and the New Monumentality, 1944-1972p. 209
Jorn Utzon: Transcultural Form and the Tectonic Metaphorp. 247
Carlo Scarpa and the Adoration of the Jointp. 299
Postscriptum: The Tectonic Trajectory, 1903-1994p. 335
The Owl of Minerva: An Epiloguep. 377
Notesp. 389
Bibliographyp. 413
Illustration Creditsp. 423
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780262561495
ISBN-10: 0262561492
Series: Studies in Tectonic Culture
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st October 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 1.46
Edition Number: 3