Lecture 'Modes of Tectonic Thinking' by Udo Garritzmann

04-11-2019 from 18:00 to 20:00
Auditorium M, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent
Lieven Nijs
Add to my calendar

Lecture 'Modes of Tectonic Thinking' by Udo GarritzmannArchitectuurontwerp 2 and Bijzondere Vraagstukken Ontwerpleer would like to invite you to the lecture “Modes of tectonic thinking” by Udo Garritzmann (Ir., MDesS, PhD Fellow Aarhus School of Architecture), on Monday 4 november, 18:00h, Auditorium M (Plateau).

"Garritzmann’s research is a contribution to the understanding of the term tectonics in the field of architectural design theory. It considers tectonic thinking as a ‘tool of the architect’ to analyse and interpret buildings from the past, to be operative in design practices of the present, and to trigger imaginations for the future. In architectural theory the term tectonics was introduced not until the first half of the 19th century, to more or less disappear from it again with the rise of the modern movement.

Only from the 1980ies onwards the term has gained renewed critical attention (Gregotti, 1983; Frascari, 1984; Frampton, 1983,1990; Vallhonrat, 1988; Kollhoff, 1993; Hartoonian, 1994), most prominently with Kenneth Frampton’s magnum opus Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995). The book serves as a great inspirational source for architects interested in the topic. But by mostly concentrating on the loadbearing structure and its representation, it underexposes other types of tectonics that can be identified both in architectures from the past and in contemporary approaches.

Garritzmann will propose a broader understanding of term tectonics, a more precise account of the differences between varying types of tectonics.”