By Rivka Oxman, Robert Oxman

This day the convergence of layout, engineering and architectural applied sciences are breeding a brand new fabric perform in experimental structure. during this pioneering ebook, this significant shift is totally outlined as a hugely dynamic synthesis of rising rules of spatial, structural and fabric ordering built-in during the software of materialization and fabrication applied sciences. supplying the principles for a brand new conception of structuring in structure, the recent Structuralism has large implications for a way we either conceive and adopt architectural layout, as its impression begins to emanate not just throughout schooling the world over, but additionally via architectural examine and practice.Features greatest examine and design-oriented engineering practices:Bollinger + GrohmannBuro HappoldHanif Kara (AKT)Werner SobekFocuses on layout and fabrication applied sciences within the contemporary paintings of:Martin BechtholdBarkow LeibingerEMBT (Enric Miralles, Benedetta Tagliabue)Gramazio & KohlerFabian Scheurer (designtoproduction)Yves Weinand and Markus HudertContributors include:John ChiltonDominik Holzer and Steven DowningNeri OxmanHelmut PottmannNina Rappaport

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First examples such as R, and House D which is currently being planned, are experimentally pushing the production of tools in the realisation of ecological values. It is now necessary to take a holistic view of building and design processes, considering the entire life cycle and beyond. If the components of a building are analysed, it can quickly be concluded that the load-bearing structure has a life cycle of  The imperatives of sustainability will lead to fundamental change in the traditional relationships between architects and structural design engineers, and other engineering and management consultants.

Interacting with strong personalities requires the design engineer to be clear about intent, as authorship is a key issue. AKT is explicit that this always remains with the architect, and avoids taking any claim of joint authorship; its engineers prefer to act and be seen as ‘disciplinary agents’. From this position the office is able to give back its best engineering, not bad architecture. This has enabled relationships that have been creative for everyone involved and which let the engineers be judged only for what they do best.

If the components of a building are analysed, it can quickly be concluded that the load-bearing structure has a life cycle of  The imperatives of sustainability will lead to fundamental change in the traditional relationships between architects and structural design engineers, and other engineering and management consultants. years and more; while in facade technology a generation cycle is significantly less than  years, and in technical building services the generation cycles are even shorter.

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