Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture
edited by John Cava "Kenneth Frampton's book [new book] approaches a very important issue for understanding the way in which architects proceed: the ... Show synopsis edited by John Cava "Kenneth Frampton's book [new 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 "The material, detail and structure of a building is an absolute condition. Architecture's potential is to deliver authentic meanings in what we see, touch and smell; the tectonic is ultimately central to what we feel. .... Kenneth Frampton's new book is important for architects, students and anyone interested in the secrets of architecture." -- Steven Holl, Architect 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 muchabout structure and construction as it is about space and abstract form.