1st Edition

Comprehensive Tectonics
Technical Building Assemblies from the Ground to the Sky

Edited By

Alexis Gregory

ISBN 9781138925199
Published July 22, 2019 by Routledge
280 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Ed Ford
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Contributors
  5. Introduction
  6. Case Studies
    1. Waveland Business Incubator, Unabridged Architecture, Waveland, MS
    2. Hatiloo Theater, Archimania, Memphis, TN
    3. Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, Biloxi, MS
    4. DCPL Tenley-Friendship Library, Freelon Group (Perkins + Will), Washington, DC
    5. Arizona State University Health Center, Lake Flato Architects, Tempe, AZ
    6. Art Stable, Olson Kundig Architects, Seatlle, WA
    7. Shanghai Nature Museum, Perkins + Will, Shanghai, China

  7. Guide: How to Determine Assembly
  8. Afterward
  9. Image and Drawing Credits
  10. Glossary of Terms and Materials
  11. Index

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Alexis Gregory is an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA.


"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, the Birkhauser 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"

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