STRUCTURE

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    Structural Engineering is the art of molding materials we don’t wholly understand, into shapes we can’t fully analyse, so as to withstand forces we can’t really assess, in such a way the community at large has no reason to suspect the extend of our ignorance

     Dr A.R. Dykes

     

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    STRUCTURE AS ARCHITECTURAL INTERVENTION

    Structure and Architecture

    • Ornamentation of Structure
    • Structure as Ornament
    • Structure as Architecture
    • Structure as Form Generator
    • Structure Ignored
    • Structure Symbolized
    • Structure and Architecture as Synthesized Forms
    • Structure and Architecture as Contrasting Forms

    Structure and Space

    • Structure for Enhancement or Disruption of Function
    • Structure for Maximising Functional Flexibility
    • Structure for Articulation of Circulation 
    • Structure for Introduction or Modulation of Light
    • Structure for Organisation, Subdivision, Layering of Space
    • Structure for Phenomenological Effect 

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    There are deep moral/practical reasons for our search which give form to our work: with the form we create we can adjust to the laws of matter with all reverence, forming a dialogue with reality and its mysteries in essential communion… For architecture to be truly constructed, the materials must be used with profound respect for their essence and possibilities; only thus can ‘cosmic economy’ be achieved… in agreement with the profound order of the world; only then can have that authority that so astounds us in the great works of the past.

    Eladio Dieste - Modern Architecture since 1900, p575

     

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  • The resistant virtues of the structure that we make depend on their form; it is through their form that they are stable and not because of an awkward accumulation of materials. There is nothing more noble and elegant from an intellectual viewpoint than this; resistance through form.

    Eladio Dieste - The Engineer’s Contribution to Contemporary Architecture

     

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