In architecture, we can no longer view building components as artifacts (a brick or a boiler) or as autonomous systems (air-conditioning or prefabrication). Rather, these components and systems are part of much larger systems of which architects are one agent.
This book calls for systems integration, a convergence and confluence of social and technical factors, discovering the capability and culpability of such - for archi.3Cts to finally realize that the term "building systems" is" best grasped as a verb, not a set of nouns. This book will help architects more broadly envision these active systemic networks:
Including canonical texts as well as contemporary thinking from well-known theorists and practitioners, each contribution frames a specific range of technology in relation to society, such as building process, products, economies, and ecologies.
Clearly structured, the book is divided into three parts, each accompanied by a comprehensive introduction by the editors.
An annotated bibliography provides appropriate further reading.
The book is illustrated throughout, with over 100 illustrations.
Building Systems presents students, faculty, and practicing architects with an expanded view of technology in architecture that transcends naive determinisms and technocratic applications, forming a more pithy intellectual context for the complex and contingent roles of technology in twenty-first-century architecture.