Mechanics and Meaning in Architecture

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Conclusion:Metaphorical Technology178
Nature, technology, and metaphoric thought; a formal comparison of the four houses as floors, walls, roofs, frames, and openings; the importance of a formal critique in understanding the purpose of architectural technology; a comparison of the technological metaphors that emanate from the formal analysis of the houses; the general characteristics of architecture's technological voice as proceeding from a sensible understanding of natural force; the asymmetry of mechanics and meaning, the importance of instrumental origins, and the need of people to understand nature in order to belong within it; residence in nature as a perennial architectural problem.
Select Bibliography197
Index201

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Contents viii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction: The General Problem xv
  • Part I - The Reconciliation of Mechanics and Meaning in Architectural Thought 1
  • 1: A Technology of Habitation 3
  • 2: Architecture's Loss of a Distinct Technological Voice 17
  • 3: Mending the Rift 40
  • 4: The Map and the Territory 63
  • Part II - Mechanics and Meaning in Four Houses 87
  • 5.Finnish Log Farmhouse 89
  • 6.Charles Moore House at Orinda 114
  • 7.Wall House 135
  • 8.Villa Savoye 155
  • Conclusion: Metaphorical Technology 178
  • Select Bibliography 197
  • Index 201
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