Estudios sobre cultura tectonica/ Studies in Tectonic Culture: Poeticas de la construccion en la arquitectura de los siglos XIX y XX/ The Poetics of Construction ... Century (Arquitectura/ Architecture)

Estudios sobre cultura tectonica/ Studies in Tectonic Culture: Poeticas de la construccion en la arquitectura de los siglos XIX y XX/ The Poetics of Construction ... Century (Arquitectura/ Architecture)




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."

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

Title Estudios sobre cultura tectonica/ Studies in Tectonic Culture: Poeticas de la construccion en la arquitectura de los siglos XIX y XX/ The Poetics of Construction ... Century (Arquitectura/ Architecture)
Publisher Akal Ediciones
Rating 4.12
ISBN 8446011875
ISBN-13 9788446011873
Format Paperback
Pages 383
Publication 1999
  • Kenneth Frampton

    Kenneth Frampton is a British architect, critic, historian and the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York.Frampton studied architecture at Guildford School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Subsequently he worked in Israel, with Middlesex County Council and Douglas Stephen and Partners (1961–66), during which time he was also a visiting tutor at the Roya...