Perspecta 31 examines the relationship between architectural design and structural engineering through the processes and products of both disciplines. The contributing architects, engineers, and historians explore how structures reflect both the professions and the cultures that produce them. The authors’ common approach to structure, which carefully considers context, reveals the politics, economic influences, design ideas, and chance circumstances that influence its configuration. The resulting series of articles and case studies shows how one can understand structures that are embedded in architecture. The journal looks specifically at issues of collaboration between architects and engineers. It also addresses the relationship of structural form to materials, the transition from conceptual to actual structures, and the cultural history of architectural and industrial structures. Reflecting the theme of structure as process, the journal documents an ongoing conversation between the editors, contributors, and others. The twelve articles are followed by short responses, and major themes emerging from the articles are identified and explored by the editors.
Thomas H. Beeby—"Toward a technological architecture? Case study of the Illinois Institute of Technology Commons Building"
Carles Valhonrat—"The in-visibility of tectonics"
Edward Ford, Ignasi de Sola-Morales i Rubio, William J. Mitchell—In Response
“In perspective: conceptual vs. actual structure”
Lucie Fontein—"Reading sturcture through the frame"
Hugh Dutton—"An integral approach to structure and architecture"
Antonia Juarez—"Topology and organicism in the work of Louis I. Kahn"
Karsten Harries, Robert A. Heintges, Anne Griswold Tyng
“In perspective: skin and skeleton”
Herman D.J. Spiegel—Site visits: an engineer reads Le Corbusier’s villas"
Alan Organschi—"Material, work and resistance"
Peter D. Waldman—"On numbers in the night: structure as the syncopation of gravity and orientation"
Grant F. Marani, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Edward Allen
“In perspective: appearance of solidity”
Tom F. Peters—"Technological thought is design’s operative method"
Gregory K. Dreicer—"Building myths: the ‘evolution’ from wood to iron in the construction of bridges and nations"