Tectonic ecologies in architecture: A critical perspective in a time of transition

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In a time where the ecological crisis is evident worldwide there is a need for a
deeper understanding of how architects and engineers can contribute for the better. To succeed in this we must address central questions: How to approach fundamentals in construction? How to engage with building industry and related industries, and how can we through new ways of construction support qualitative livable and fully sustainable built environments. Innovative designs or technologies based on existing practices cannot provide the answer. Altogether, we have to revisit, rethink and revise our understanding of materials, building techniques, and construction practices – we have to study historical building traditions, explore the intelligence of crafts, test the advantages of industrial production, and apply CAD/CAM wisely. We have to scrutinize all cultures of construction to extract the most viable promising ideas. This article
looks at tectonic ecologies as a way to critically approach this in architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures and Architecture - Bridging the Gap and Crossing Borders : Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2019), July 24-26, 2019, Lisbon, Portugal
EditorsPaulo S. J. Cruz
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Publication date24 Jul 2019
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-03599-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-22912-6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2019
EventICSA 2019 - International Conference in Structures and Architecture, Lisbon - Universidad di Minho, Guimaraes, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 24 Jul 201926 Jul 2019
Conference number: 4


ConferenceICSA 2019 - International Conference in Structures and Architecture, Lisbon
LocationUniversidad di Minho, Guimaraes
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SeriesStructure and Architecture


  • tectonics
  • ecology
  • architecture
  • architectural theory
  • building culture
  • Materiality

Artistic research

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