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Tectonic Affects in Contemporary Architecture

Tectonics is an old, ontological concept which simultaneously claims to cover the aesthetics/meaning and the technological/technical in architecture. However, since the advent of ‘modernity’, the relationship between architecture and building technology has been problematic. Some of these problems, which are reflected in the theories of architecture and tectonics, relate to the separation of the technology/technical dimension from the aesthetic/artistic, rendering one of them dominant over the other.

This book explores the tectonic affects in architecture because these do not separate building technology and aesthetics or meaning. Affects are preconscious aesthetic feelings which can cause meanings if we start thinking about these affects. The book claims that tectonic affects can generate aesthetic value and meaning. It adopts a practical position towards architectural aesthetics and meaning, and concentrates on tectonic affects.


Yonca Hurol is a Professor of Architecture. Her fields of research include the tectonics of structural systems, tectonics, ethics in architecture, and architectural research. She is the author of the book The Tectonics of Structural Systems: An Architectural Approach (2016), and is one of the Co-Chief Editors of the journal Open House International.

“This book brings together a uniquely comprehensive body of history, architectural science and contemporary practice that will stand as a primary source in the foreseeable future. The understanding of the specificity of tectonics lies at the heart of the book, serving as one of the foundations to contribute to the history of contemporary architecture. At the other pole of architectural education philosophy, the approach of tectonics into the architecture is an essential criterion. Between these poles, the book presents a systematic and comprehensive methodology for design that embraces precedent, science and technology. […] This study provides a reference book for the many architects, students and early career researchers who in response to global trends are just approaching the matter as well as for those in search for a deeper understanding of tectonic principles ad their possible practical applications.”
Bertug Ozarisoy, PhD
University of East London

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ISBN: 1-5275-8821-1

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-8821-9

Release Date: 30th September 2022

Pages: 265

Price: £72.99

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