Radical Tectonicsby Annette W. LeCuyer
As a tendency toward formalism returns to architecture, a number of practitioners are investigating the outer limits of tectonic expression. Vanguard architects are extending the boundaries of conventional building to respond to programmatic and site requirements. Capturing this dynamic sensibility, Radical Tectonics presents four practices whose work pushes poetic construction to new extremes.
Each in their own way and according to local conditions, Enric Miralles (Barcelona), Gunter Behnisch (Stuttgart), Mecanoo (Delft) and Patkau Architects (Vancouver) focus on the art of construction and innovative craftsmanship. From Miralles's building as land form to Behnisch's contextual awareness of specific social and political environments, from Mecanoo's playful manipulation of program and landscape to Patkau Architects' funky vernacular, these studios confront the very nature of architecture with vigor and provocation. The work in Radical Tectonics champions the ingenuity of craft and the exploration of surface form and creative expression to set new benchmarks of spatial complexity in the twenty-first century.
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