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Seminar 2: the ideal of the tectonic: The tectonics of the joint

Date: Spring semester 2010: 31.March. 2010

The seminar introduces key thinking into material conceptualisation in architectural thinking. It discusses the history of the term craft and what this has come to mean through the industrialisation of building practice. It critically reflects on the idea of optimisation and situates the discussion of technological development within a historical frame work.

Architects such as Antoni Gaudi and Frei Otto developed analogue models that allowed for processes of intuitive form finding linked to structural analysis allowing novel designs. Digital parametric models are different to the early parametric models in that they are abstracted and general. Through a presentation of Semper’s work and early modernist understanding of techne and material culture the modernist understanding of technology and technology transfer is reframed. The seminar introduces key thinking into material conceptualisation in architectural thinking. It discusses the history of the term craft and what this has come to mean through the industrialisation of building practice.