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A comprehensive, richly illustrated catalog focusing on materials used in
great twentieth-century architecture
Viewed primarily in technical terms pertaining to construction, material has
often been overlooked in the discourse on architectural design. Yet, it is
material that breathes life into architecture by realizing concepts into
meaningful physical forms. Whether it is wood, glass, steel, plastic, or
concrete, material can be employed with unlimited flexibility and carries both
visual and emotional characteristics through its expression.
The first book of its kind to focus on materiality from a design perspective,
Material Precedent is masterfully presented, with an impressive collection of
crisp line drawings along with historical, material, tectonic, and typological
analysis of twentieth-century buildings, providing readers with detailed
instruction that traces the traditions and trends of material as the defining
premise in the making of architecture.
This unrivaled text: Is illustrated throughout with detailed line drawings Is
perfect for use in a design studio or simply for understanding the role of
materials in buildings, for a designer of any level Includes a companion Web
site By cataloging and comparing the concepts behind modern building science
using architectural precedent, Material Precedent examines structure, form,
effect, detail, sustainability, and performance through material application to
provide a comprehensive analysis of the materiality of architecture.