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    DescriptionKenneth 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."A copublication of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies and The MIT Press.


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    Title
    Studies in Tectonic Culture
    Subtitle
    The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kenneth Frampton, Volume editor John Cava
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 216 mm
    Height: 277 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 1,429 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262561495
    ISBN 10: 0262561492
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25850
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005000
    BIC subject category V2: AMA
    DC21: 724
    B&T Approval Code: A05092800, A05093000
    DC22: 724.5
    Thema V1.0: AMA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    485 illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    10 October 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University.
    Review quote
    "Kenneth Frampton's book approaches a very importantissue for understanding the way in which architects proceed: the continuity between form and construction. But to establish this continuity doesn't simply mean to accept pure constructive determinism, and Frampton's book helps us to comprehend that beside whatever technical discovery there is always the architect's effort to produce form. Using the work of outstanding contemporary architects such as Utzon and Scarpa, Frampton is able to show how architectural talent is manifested in continuous form invention." Rafael Moneo , Professor of Architecture, Harvard University "Kenneth Frampton's book approaches a very important issue for understanding the way in which architects proceed: the continuity between form and construction. But to establish this continuity doesn't simply mean to accept pure constructive determinism, and Frampton's book helps us to comprehend that beside whatever technical discovery there is always the architect's effort to produce form. Using the work of outstanding contemporary architects such as Utzon and Scarpa, Frampton is able to show how architectural talent is manifested in continuous form invention." Rafael Moneo, Professor of Architecture, Harvard University
    Table of contents
    Introduction - reflections on the scope of the tectonic; Greco-Gothic and neo-Gothic - the Anglo-French origins of tectonic form; the rise of the tectonic - core form and art form in the German Enlightenment, 1750-1870; Frank Lloyd Wright and the text-tile tectonic; Auguste Perret and classical rationalism; Mies van der Rohe - avant-garde and continuity; Louis Kahn - modernization and the New Monumentality, 1944-1972; Jorn Utzon - transcultural form and the tectonic metaphor; Carlo Scarpa and the adoration of the joint; postscriptum - the tectonic trajectory, 1903-1994; the owl of Minerva - an epilogue.