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Situate, Manipulate, Fabricate
An Anthology of the Influences on Architectural Design and Production

Edited By

Chad Schwartz

ISBN 9780367178390
Published August 26, 2020 by Routledge
300 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This anthology of selected works outlines three critical instigators of architecture, all tied directly to the tectonic makeup of our built environment – place, material, and assembly. These catalysts provide the organizational framework for a collection of essays discussing their significant influence on the processes of architectural design and construction.

With content from a diverse collection of notable architects, historians, and scholars, this book serves as a theoretical structure for understanding the tectonic potential of architecture. Each chapter is thematically driven, consisting of a pair of essays preceded by an introduction highlighting the fundamental issues at hand and comparing and contrasting the points of view presented.

Situate, Manipulate, Fabricate offers an opportunity to explore the essential topics that affect the design and construction, as well as the experiential qualities, of our built environment.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Situate

1. Site


Robin Dripps

The Foundation of Architecture

Rafael Moneo

2. Tradition

Between Traditionalism and Modernism: Approaches to a Vernacular Architecture

Dennis Alan Mann

Newness, Tradition, and Identity: Existential Content and Meaning in Architecture

Juhani Pallasmaa

3. Environment

What Does Place Mean to Me? Everything

Dijana Alic interviews Glenn Murcutt

Preface from "Natural Energy and Vernacular Architecture"

Hassan Fathy

Part 2: Manipulate

4. Intent

Truth to the Medium: Using Materials

Fil Hearn


Louis I. Kahn

5. Properties

Timber from "The Soul of a Tree"

George Nakashima

Structuring Materiality: Design Fabrication of Heterogeneous Materials

Neri Oxman

6. Meaning

On Weathering: A New Surface out of the Tracks of Time

David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi

Material is Not a Finish

Kengo Kuma 

Part 3: Fabricate

7. Techne

Excerpts from "The Nature and Art of Workmanship"

David Pye

Excerpts from "Refabricating Architecture"

Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake

8. Architectonic

Structure, Construction, Tectonics

Eduard Sekler

Rappel a l’Ordre: The Case for the Tectonic

Kenneth Frampton

9. Intersection

The Tell-the-Tale Detail

Marco Frascari

Detail: The Subject of the Object

Peggy Deamer

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Chad Schwartz is an architect and educator currently serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University, USA. He teaches both design and building technology, continually seeking to merge the two bodies of knowledge. His research explores the role of architectural tectonics in the development of both contemporary and historic architecture, as well as strategies for translating the theory of tectonics into practical and poetic activities in the university classroom. He is also the author of Introducing Architectural Tectonics: Exploring the Intersection of Design and Construction (2016).