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What has been the role of the wall in architectural design?

THE PLAN JOURNAL SPRING 2022 OPEN ISSUE

What has been the role of the wall in architectural design?
By Editorial Staff -

We present some interesting ideas from the Theory section of TPJ

In the article entitled “The Wall That Articulates: Characteristics and Operability in Space,” the author Joana Pinheiro explains that her essay “stems from a dissertation that studies the ‘architectural wall’ from a conceptual point of view. The wall acts in space in different ways and can present the purpose of emplacement, reference, articulation, enclosure or of an inhabitable wall. Among the wall types studied in the thesis, the wall that performs as an articulation agent is described.” 

Finally, we share information about Architecture: Presence, Language, Place (2000).

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The Wall

In “The Wall That Articulates: Characteristics and Operability in Space,” the author Joana Pinheiro explains:

“The hypothesis in the underlying theory of this research is based upon five essential case-studies that present walls with fundamental characteristics which allow them to be identified as conceptually distinct types. These are formulated as the ‘wall that articulates,’ the ‘wall that references,’ the ‘wall that emplaces,’ the ‘wall that encloses’ and the ‘wall that is inhabited.’”

Generic form and space generation of the “wall that articulates.” Illustration by © the Author. Generic form and space generation of the “wall that articulates.” Illustration by © the Author.

 

Pinheiro concludes:

“The ‘wall that articulates’, strongly grounded in materiality and mass, and as an outcome of interconnected ambits of architecture and man, cannot be found though in such a polarized state of affairs. As an acknowledged comprehensive element in architecture, that searches knowledge in the local building tradition or environment, and is close to the reality of the user, it can give back a certain degree of liberty from the dominant system, highly guided by uncontrollable mass production and profit.”

 

>> The essay is available in THE PLAN Journal vol. 7/2022, no. 1 (in English)

 

Architecture: Presence, Language, Place

Pinheiro references the theoretical notions of Christian Norberg-Schulz in her research. In Norberg-Schulz’s notable book Architecture: Presence, Language, Place (2000) he provides examples of new and old urban environments and architecture describing how humans understand, experience and live in these places and spaces

Architecture: Presence, Language, Place

373 pages
English
Skira
September 1, 2000 
8.2 x 1.1 x 8.3 in.
ISBN-10: 8881187000
ISBN-13: 978-8881187003

To learn more, check out: Architecture: Presence, Language, Place

 

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