106th ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, The Ethical Imperative

A Hunt for the Urban Tectonic: Deriving Relevant Urban Architecture from the Existing Fabric of our Cities and Communities

Annual Meeting Proceedings

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?


Volume Editors
Amir Ameri & Rebecca O'Neal Dagg