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Material Assemblages and Literal Embodiments: an Environmental Perspective of the Building Envelope

Britt Eversole | Alejandro Zaera-Polo

While the façade is one of the most theorized architectural elements, the idea of the façade has been in question since at least the end of the nineteenth century. The conventional notion of the façade is marked by “faciality” (see definition by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in
“A Thousand Plateaus. Capitalism and Schizophrenia”), driven by linguistic and compositional operations, proportional laws and linguistic codes. However, the radical development of building technologies during the last century and the increasing number of oversized, complex buildings have progressively replaced the value of picturesque compositional strategies and mythopoeic meanings with significances arising from the quantitative and material logics and logistics of the envelope. Rather than the superficial, representational conceits of traditional...

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