Precision in Architecture: Certainty, Ambiguity and Deviation

1st Edition

Mhairi McVicar

Routledge
May 17, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 100 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415789615 - CAT# Y319370

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Summary

This book offers a detailed insight into the desire for, and consequences of, precise communications in the daily life of contemporary architectural practice through close readings of constructed architectural details and the practice of cultural contexts in which they were produced.

In the professionalised context of the contemporary architectural profession, precise communications – drawings, specifications, letters, faxes, and emails - are charged with the complex task of translating architectural intentions into a neutral and quantifiable language which is expected to guarantee an exact match between the architects’ intentions and the constructed result. Yet, as any architectural practitioner will know, it is doubtful whether the construction of any architectural project may ever exactly match all written and drawn predictions. This book challenges claims to certainty which have been attributed to such communications from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, and critiques ongoing expectations of certainty in contemporary architectural production.

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