The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1995, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9780262061735

From the Publisher. The notion of tectonics as employed by Kenneth Frampton—the focus on architecture as a constructional craft—constitutes a direct challenge to current mainstream thinking on the artistic limits of postmodernism, and suggests a convincing alternative. The book’s ten essays and an epilogue trace the history of contemporary form as an evolving poetics of structure and construction. Its analytical framework rests on Frampton’s close readings of key French, German, and English sources from the 18th century to the present.

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Barry Bergdoll

This is the essential book of all Frampton’s writings to read, in any order. Frampton develops both a trajectory for the development of modern architecture and an ethos of building that should inspire architects in looking at a wide range of exemplary works and in making decisions about practice and individual projects.

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