Posted by Manuel Oliveros on December 23, 2002 at 10:11:44:
In Reply to: tectonics posted by Alexander Kennedy on December 21, 2002 at 07:26:08:
In the architectural field I would say tectonics stands as the constructive layout. That is, the relative order between the parts in order to configure its construction. In Spain we say of our duties and efforts be arquitectónicos, or architectonical, that is, more than tectonical, more than merely the way of construction. Architecture, more extended expression, says the same but onf texture: our efforts, projects are to be more than merely texture, more than somethings that shows some variation, as minute text does to a maçon.
In Earth tectonics refers to the disposition of layers (related to layout) in the earth's mantle, as in tectonics of plates.
The root for architectonical is tectum, roof. Architecture is to be more than a mere roof. This sole definition by itself somewhat negates the architectural status for all these buildings that are more than anything a roof over something, and there are zillion ones, and some extremely expensive, that are only so.
I am not a believer on the blanket architecture. This is ongoing on hospitals: rooms crammed under a roof under illogical circulation schemes.
But it is not being single story what denies the status: it is being so down to earth that no other thing can be said about; mere construction is not architectonical, it is only tectonical at best.
An idea, something needs live in the to be built or built architecture for the building be architectonical. This idea is in itself standing, embodied order.
Just as with men. As the native american well would know, one thing is to live, and other to live as a man.
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