Comprehensive Tectonics considers building construction assemblies holistically to help you make architectural detailing decisions from the earth to the sky. Seven case studies from architecture firms such as Perkins + Will, Lake | Flato, and Olson Kundig Architects include more than 250 color images showing component details, building sections, wall sections, and floor plans. For each project, the architects explain their design intent and the reasons for their material and tectonic choices, to help you form your own strategies.
This book will provide you with assistance by its ease of use with legible keys, scales, and reference images. Its key insights about why the firm chose certain materials will allow you to create your own process for utilizing building construction assemblies. Comprehensive Tectonics aims to give you a more comprehensive overview of building construction assembles to aid in the creation of well-designed and well-developed architecture.
Including a glossary and guide for how to determine assembly, this book makes a welcome desk reference and is an ideal addition for students in architecture integrated studios dealing with structures and materials and is also a useful addition for professional architects.
"The successful translation of a design from idea to built reality is among the architect’s most challenging and complex tasks. Through a series of detailed case studies, Comprehensive Tectonics by Alexis Gregory skillfully demystifies this process, explaining the priorities and decisions that inform the selection of materials and clearly illustrating their assembly from foundation to roof."
Scott Murray, Architect, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"In the spirit of Ed Ford’s Details of Modern Architecture series, theBirkhauser Details book series, and Detail magazine is Gregory’s contemporary addition to the art and science of detailing. How a building turns a corner, touches the ground and reaches for the sky is presented through richly illustrated case studies that demonstrate that detailing has just as much design agency as form-making and that spatial polemics and means and methods are one and the same when making architecture."
Ryan E. Smith, Director & Professor, School of Design & Construction, Washington State University
"Expertly organized and presented, Comprehensive Tectonics: Technical Building Assemblies from the Ground to the Sky is unreservedly recommended for community, architectural firm, and academic library Architectural Materials and Methods collections and supplementary studies curriculum lists"
Library Bookwatch, The Architecture Shelf, Midwest Book Review
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