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Surface talk

Taylor, Mark (2003) Surface talk. Architectural Design, 73(2), pp. 30-35.

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Abstract

Until now our view of surface has been informed by the structure/ornament debate. For Vitruvius and most recently the modernists, the surface was an additional upper or outer layer extraneous to true tectonic structure, whereas for Gottfried Semper it was an ornamented textile supported by solid form. The use of digital design tools, however, has blurred the boundaries and rendered both camps' ideas redundant. For designers creating contiguous virtual and material surfaces it is no longer applicable to consider where architecture's tectonic origins lay in the temple or the tent. This paper proposes that the ideas of the philosopher Avrum Stroll could lead us to wholly new perceptions about surface as both a physical and an abstract entity.

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ID Code: 8320
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Architecture Philosophy, Aesthetics, Digital Design
ISBN: 9780470848432
ISSN: 0003-8504
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture) (120502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 John Wiley and Sons
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:28

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