Material Precedent

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 22, 2010 - Architecture - 480 pages
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A comprehensive, richly illustrated catalog focusing on materials used in great twentieth-century architecture

Viewed primarily in technical terms pertaining to construction, material has often been overlooked in the discourse on architectural design. Yet, it is material that breathes life into architecture by realizing concepts into meaningful physical forms. Whether it is wood, glass, steel, plastic, or concrete, material can be employed with unlimited flexibility and carries both visual and emotional characteristics through its expression.

The first book of its kind to focus on materiality from a design perspective, Material Precedent is masterfully presented, with an impressive collection of crisp line drawings along with historical, material, tectonic, and typological analysis of twentieth-century buildings, providing readers with detailed instruction that traces the traditions and trends of material as the defining premise in the making of architecture.

This unrivaled text:

  • Is illustrated throughout with detailed line drawings
  • Is perfect for use in a design studio or simply for understanding the role of materials in buildings, for a designer of any level
  • Includes a companion Web site
By cataloging and comparing the concepts behind modern building science using architectural precedent, Material Precedent examines structure, form, effect, detail, sustainability, and performance through material application to provide a comprehensive analysis of the materiality of architecture.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
7
PRECEDENTS
14
WOOD 1631
16
MASONRY 3247
32
CONCRETE 4863
48
METAL 6479
64
GLASS 8095
80
PLASTIC 96111
96
EAMES HOUSE CHARLES AND RAY EAMES 6667 239243
241
MAGNEY HOUSEGLENN MURCUTT 7071 249253
249
JEWISH MUSEUM DANIEL LIBESKIND 7475 259263
259
DE YOUNG MUSEUM HERZOG DE MEURON 7677 264268
266
GLASS 274313
274
PLASTIC 314353
314
MONSANTO HOUSE OF THE FUTURE GOODY AND HAMILTON PLASTIC PROJECTS 9697 314318
317
COMPARATIVE APPLICATIONS
354

DETAILED PRECEDENTS
112
WOOD 114153
114
MASONRY 154193
154
CONCRETE 194233
194
UNITE DHABITATIONLECORBUSIER 5051 199203
199
CARPENTER CENTER LECORBUSIER 5455 209213
209
SALK INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES LOUIS I KAHN 5657 214218
215
CHURCH ON THE WATER TADAOANDO 6061 224228
224
METAL 234273
234
WOOD 356375
356
MASONRY 376395
376
CONCRETE 396415
396
METAL 416435
416
GLASS 436455
436
PLASTIC 456475
456
POSTSCRIPT
476
INDEX
479
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About the author (2010)

Gail Peter Borden is Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture. As principal in the award-winning architecture firm Borden Partnership, his design work has won national and international recognition. He has received numerous awards and recognition for design work, paintings, exhibitions, writings, and teaching, including the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize; an artist-in-residency at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; a Graham Foundation Grant; three ACSA Faculty design Awards; the Borchard Fellowship; and an ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award as one of the top emerging architecture faculty members.

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