Comprehensive Tectonics: Technical Building Assemblies from the Ground to the Sky, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Comprehensive Tectonics

Technical Building Assemblies from the Ground to the Sky, 1st Edition

Edited by Alexis Gregory


216 pages

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Paperback: 9781138925199
pub: 2019-07-31
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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 to 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 Modern Details 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 is one and the same when making architecture."

Ryan E. Smith, Director & Professor, School of Design & Construction, Washington State University

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

About the Editor

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials