Precision in Architecture: Certainty, Ambiguity and Deviation

Author:   Mhairi McVicar (Senior Lecturer, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780415789608


Pages:   260
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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This book offers a detailed insight into the desire for, and consequences of, precise communications in the daily life of contemporary architectural practice through close readings of constructed architectural details by Sigurd Lewerentz, Caruso St John Architects, Mies van der Rohe and OMA. In the professionalised context of the contemporary architectural profession, precise communications - drawings, specifications, letters, faxes and emails - are charged with the complex task of translating architectural intent into a neutral and quantifiable language which is expected to guarantee an exact match between the architects' intentions and the constructed result. Yet, as any architectural practitioner will know, it is doubtful whether the construction of any architectural project may ever exactly match all written and drawn predictions. This book challenges claims to certainty which have been attributed to such communications from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, and critiques ongoing expectations of certainty in contemporary architectural production.

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Author:   Mhairi McVicar (Senior Lecturer, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9780415789608


ISBN 10:   0415789605
Pages:   260
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
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Introduction. Part I: Two Projects 1. A Precisely Ambiguous Wall 2. The Mortar Joints of St Peter's Part II: Interpretations of Precision in Architecture 3. Defining Precision and Ambiguity 4. Disputing Precision 5. An Emerging Desire for Precision Part III: Four Projects The 1856 Iron Museum and the 2006 Museum of Childhood 6. A Precise Specification for an Iron Museum 7. Anticipating Precision at the Museum of Childhood A Meeting between Mies and OMA 8. Deviation at the Commons 9. A Precisely Crude Ceiling at the MTCC 10. Productive Deviations from Certainty

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Mhairi McVicar is a Reader at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK and practiced architecture in Chicago, London and the Orkney Islands. Her research, critically examining intersections between architectural theory and architectural practice, has been published with Routledge and Architectural Research Quarterly.

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