Tectonic Visions in Architecture

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The chapter offers an introduction to the etymological background of tectonic theory in architecture, central conceptual definitions and application of tectonic theory in architecture.

Tectonics and the ethics of contruction.

Tectonics has to do with the design and joining of form elements so that they form an architectual synthesis - in this way, tectonics refers to the interrelationships between the basic idea, the form principals, the choice of building technology and the constructive present within a given building. Every building holds a tectonic vision per se that may be more or less explicit, more or less primitive or more or less sophistiated, wether such a vision be capriciously or deliberately determined.

This book unfolds the tectonic realm of ideas and describes in essay form how tectonic visions are manifest in the architecture of Ludvig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Jørn Utzon, Louis I. Kahn, and Alison and Peter Smithson. In a concluding discussionm the book designates tectonic strategies as the key to maintaining a ethical dimension in the design og our physical environment.
Translated title of the contributionTektoniske visioner i arkitektur
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReader Tectonics in Architecture
EditorsIsac Worre Foged, Marie Frier Hvejsel
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Publication date3 May 2018
Edition1. udgave
ISBN (Print)978-87-7112-671-6
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2018
EventThe International Utzon100 Symposium - AoD, Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 3 May 20184 May 2018
Conference number: 2


ConferenceThe International Utzon100 Symposium
LocationAoD, Aalborg Universitet
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  • Tectonics
  • building culture
  • architectural theory
  • tectonic theory
  • Architectural Technology
  • Building technique

Artistic research

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