Author(s): William J. Doran
The urban tectonic can be defined as the way cities and communities are constructed from multiple pieces – objects, forces, people, and meanings – interwoven into a larger whole of overlapping systems. Even though it is the ultimate destination of everything we create as architects, we often take for granted the way this interwoven fabric, or urban tectonic, is designed … or not designed. It is hyper-relevant to and significantly impacted by our work – and should thus stand as an important facet of architectural education. How do we teach our students to look beyond the physical things we see and create as architects, to consider the underlying fabric of the urban tectonic?
Amir Ameri & Rebecca O'Neal Dagg