Posted by Paul Malo on September 25, 2002 at 05:18:03:
In Reply to: fusion posted by indumathy on September 25, 2002 at 00:50:34:
You have chosen a very interesting subject--but it's interesting because it's not so common as to provide much information readily. There are many aspects to consider. "Stressed skin" is a term that may be useful in your searches.
The theoretical form issue, from an aesthetics point of view, is raised by historic developments of high-rise construction. Louis Sullivan applied fake vertical elements, simulating additional columns, on the exterior of tall buildings to provide a more vertical grain, making the buildings look taller. Mies, at the Seagram building, applied fake steel verticals elements, simulating columns, over the actual structure, which was encased in concrete firefroofing. While these are examples of stressed skin, they do bring into focus the issue of how the actural structure may be represented, or misrepresented, on the exterior of the building.
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