The making of things: Modeling processes and effects in architecture

Frank Jacobus, Angela Carpenter, Rachel Smith Loerts, Justin M. Tucker, Randal Dickinson

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The Making of Things is about effect and intention in the schematic architectural model, a deep dive into the nature of architectonic form as the underlying syntax for all architectural work. By focusing on primitive geometries alongside fundamental principles of architectural thinking and making, this book enhances the reader's capacity to intellectually and physically craft models that effectively communicate intention. With over 650 diagrams, this book acts as an expansive visual glossary that reveals the underlying structure of architectonics and acts as an encyclopedia of formal possibilities. Supporting essays in the book explore the nature of perception, abstraction, and metaphor to provide a theoretical basis of formal effects in architecture. This structure enables readers to make clear and direct connections between the things you construct and the reasons you construct them. This book is a bridge from the what to the why of form-making. It is a pedagogical notebook, a design primer that prompts discourse about the nature of objects. This is a must-have desk reference for beginning architecture and interior design students to stimulate their creative approaches and gain foundational knowledge of the underlying effects of formal typologies and how they manifest themselves in built forms around the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages298
ISBN (Electronic)9780367814991
ISBN (Print)9780367415204
StatePublished - Jul 30 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Arts and Humanities

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