KENNETH FRAMPTON STUDIES IN TECTONIC CULTURE PDF

Studies in Tectonic Culture is nothing less than a rethinking of the entire modern architectural tradition. The notion of tectonics as employed by Frampton-the focus on architecture as a constructional craft-constitutes a direct challenge to current mainstream thinking on the artistic limits of postmodernism, and suggests a convincing alternative. Indeed, Frampton argues, modern architecture is invariably as much about structure and construction as it is about space and abstract form. He clarifies the various turns that structural engineering and tectonic imagination have taken in the work of such architects as Perret, Wright, Kahn, Scarpa, and Mies, and shows how both constructional form and material character were integral to an evolving architectural expression of their work. Frampton also demonstrates that the way in which these elements are articulated from one work to the next provides a basis upon which to evaluate the works as a whole. This is especially evident in his consideration of the work of Perret, Mies, and Kahn and the continuities in their thought and attitudes that linked them to the past.

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While working for Douglas Stephen and Partners he designed in the Corringham Building, an 8-story block of flats in Bayswater , London, the architecture of which is distinctively modernist; in it became protected as a listed building. He has been a member of the faculty at Columbia University since , and that same year he became a fellow of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York -- whose members also included Peter Eisenman , Manfredo Tafuri and Rem Koolhaas -- and a co-founding editor of its magazine Oppositions.

Frampton achieved great prominence and influence in architectural education with his essay "Towards a Critical Regionalism " — though the term had already been coined by Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre.

In this paper, he mounts a criticism toward globalisation, mass consumer culture and the impact that this has had on architecture. For Frampton, this represents a particularly salient issue within the modern movement, as it has pushed architecture toward mediocrity, sameness and limited urban form which lacks any kind of cultural celebration or diversity.

To remedy this, Frampton argues that the adoption of a more critical regionalist approach is required in architecture, one that takes into account specific considerations to place, topography, climate, and culture. Representation certainly cannot be removed from architecture any more that it can be removed from other discourses.

In my opinion, it is of the utmost importance that the ontological and representational aspects of architecture be maintained as a dialogical interaction. In addition to his own scholarly research and criticism, Frampton has frequently furthered the intellectual reach of his work through writing introductions, prefaces and forewords for other authors and publications on allied themes.

Labour, Work and Architecture. Phaidon Press, London, Book Design by Massimo Vignelli. The Monacelli Press, New York, Springer, New York, Rizzoli, New York Edited by Ludovica Molo. Silvana Editoriale, Milan, Writings on Kenneth Frampton D.

Sherer, "Architecture in the Labyrinth.

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Frampton is more conversant with historical thought and more compelling in his interpretation of architecture than most historians. I can think of no book, in any western language, that tackles this subject better. Kurt W. In an editorial production saturated with empirical monographs and sometimes empty theorization, he cuts with passion and precision through a century of designs revealing the guiding path provided by the artistic interpretation of construction. A great deal of original research has been necessary, and this has resulted not only in fresh and interesting textual matter, but in an array of illustrations which, in combination with the verbal analysis, amounts to an entirely new representation of the evolution of modern architecture. Because of the care with which this hidden history has been brought to light, this book will be of equal interest to engineers, the student of architecture, and the student of cultural studies. Robert Maxwell Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Princeton University There is in architecture an anxiety to master the trade, to do it properly: it is for this reason that good architecture reveals the trace of the hand, the trace of the properly done…It is nice that a critic like Kenneth Frampton, great navigator of the history of contemporary architecture, explores this subject subtly and with an open mind: this is what will bring us closer to the truth.

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Studies in Tectonic Culture

While working for Douglas Stephen and Partners he designed in the Corringham Building, an 8-story block of flats in Bayswater , London, the architecture of which is distinctively modernist; in it became protected as a listed building. He has been a member of the faculty at Columbia University since , and that same year he became a fellow of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York -- whose members also included Peter Eisenman , Manfredo Tafuri and Rem Koolhaas -- and a co-founding editor of its magazine Oppositions. Frampton achieved great prominence and influence in architectural education with his essay "Towards a Critical Regionalism " — though the term had already been coined by Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre. In this paper, he mounts a criticism toward globalisation, mass consumer culture and the impact that this has had on architecture.

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