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Tectonism: Architecture for the 21st Century

Author/EditorSchumacher, Patrik (Author)
ISBN: 9781864708967
Pub Date01/12/2023
BindingHardback
Pages176
Dimensions (mm)220(h) * 175(w) * 22(d)
In this lavishly illustrated text, Patrik Schumacher, a world-leading architectural theorist and principal architect with Zaha Hadid Architects, provides a comprehensive analysis on tectonism as evolving into the new architecture for the 21st century.
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Tectonism is the most advanced and most sophisticated contemporary architectural style. There are, to date, only relatively a few fully satisfactory built examples, and most of them are still of a relatively modest scale. It is the thesis of this book that tectonism, as defined and illustrated here, represents the future of 21st century architecture. This thesis is optimistic with respect to the long-term rationality of the discipline of architecture, i.e. with respect to its capacity to discern and ascertain, via its internal discourse, the superiority of tectonism, and to spread its influence and impact as global best practice accordingly. This optimism also extends to the rationality of the wider society, as represented through private clients, public clients, and through end-user acceptance, to be susceptible to the guidance it will receive from its architectural expert discourse. This optimism is based on a critical analysis and appraisal of architectural history. The avant-garde intuitions of the early modernists in the 1920s, backed up by sound theoretical arguments, did win over the discipline in the 1930s and 1940s, and spread its real impact on the global built environment throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The current avant-garde intuitions within the movement of tectonism, although very different from modernism, are equally well thought through as the arguments in this book will attempt to demonstrate. - From the Introduction, by Patrik Schumacher

Tectonism is the most advanced and most sophisticated contemporary architectural style. There are, to date, only relatively a few fully satisfactory built examples, and most of them are still of a relatively modest scale. It is the thesis of this book that tectonism, as defined and illustrated here, represents the future of 21st century architecture. This thesis is optimistic with respect to the long-term rationality of the discipline of architecture, i.e. with respect to its capacity to discern and ascertain, via its internal discourse, the superiority of tectonism, and to spread its influence and impact as global best practice accordingly. This optimism also extends to the rationality of the wider society, as represented through private clients, public clients, and through end-user acceptance, to be susceptible to the guidance it will receive from its architectural expert discourse. This optimism is based on a critical analysis and appraisal of architectural history. The avant-garde intuitions of the early modernists in the 1920s, backed up by sound theoretical arguments, did win over the discipline in the 1930s and 1940s, and spread its real impact on the global built environment throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The current avant-garde intuitions within the movement of tectonism, although very different from modernism, are equally well thought through as the arguments in this book will attempt to demonstrate. - From the Introduction, by Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and is leading the firm since Zaha Hadid's passing in March 2016. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988 and was seminal in developing Zaha Hadid Architects to become a 500 strong global architecture and design brand. Patrik Schumacher is a winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects' Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture and an academician of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1996 he founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association in London where he continues to teach. Patrik Schumacher holds a PhD in Cultural Science and in 2010-2012 he published his two-volume theoretical treatise "The Autopoiesis of Architecture." Patrik Schumacher is widely recognised as a thought leader within the fields of architecture, urbanism and design, and has contributed over 100 articles to architectural journals and anthologies.

Preface | 6 Introduction | 8 Architecture's Task: The Designed Environment as Societal Ordering System | 12 1. First Premise: Parametricism | 15 1.1 The Indispensible Concept of Style | 16 1.2 Parametricism Against Pluralism | 20 1.3 Parametricism and Progress | 23 1.4 Conceptual and Operational Definition of Parametricism | 25 1.5 Style War: Parametricism Versus Minimalism | 31 2. Second Premise: Computational Engineering | 35 2.1 Collaboration and Distinction Between Architecture and Engineering | 36 2.2 Structural Fluidity: From Typology to Topology in Structural Engineering | 39 3. From Engineering Inspiration to Architectural Style: Tectonism | 48 3.1 Making Engineering Logics Speak | 51 3.2 Accentuation and Suppression | 55 3.3 Tectonic Articulation | 60 4. Tectonism as Style: Expressive Utilization of Engineering Logics | 66 4.1 Historical Precedents | 69 4.2 Structural System Optimizations as Drivers of Tectonic Articulation | 73 Candela Revisited | 85 Beijing Daxing International Airport | 90 One Thousand Museum | 94 Morpheus Hotel & Resort at City of Dreams | 98 Inkstone House, Cultural Centre | 102 4.3 Environmental Engineering Logics as Drivers of Tectonic Articulation | 103 King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre (KAPSARC) | 104 Central Bank of Iraq | 110 4.4 Fabrication Methods as Drivers of Tectonic Articulation | 114 Arum | 115 Vaulted Willow | 117 Zephyr | 119 Science Museum Benches | 119 Thallus | 121 ACADIA 3D Printed Chair | 122 Nagami Chairs: Rise, Bow | 123 Striatus Bridge | 124 Parametric Dinner Jacket | 129 4.5 From Semiological Form-to-Function Correlations to a Systematic Visual-Spatial Language | 130 4.6 The Progression of Styles in Terms of Order and Freedom | 149 References | 156 Image Credits | 161 Project Credits | 162 Index | 172

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