Karl Christiansen brings this millennium-long experience into play generously. Both in terms of content and form. His account of the theory of tectonics includes examples ranging from the Greek temples to Utzon and Zaha Hadid. Yet what is perhaps more important is the books particular architectural perspective on the history of science and philosophy through these millennia: from Euclid to Mandelbrot, from Aristotle to Heidegger.
The book naturally addresses readers who are committed to the theory and practice of architecture. However, since it moves across language, philosophy, mathematics, the visual arts, psychology, and ethics, it will interest a much wider audience. The book is a synthetical follow-up to the analytical tectonics – the meaning of form (196 p., Systime 2015), which was published in English and illustrated Christiansen’s concept of tectonics in 50 highly diverse examples from the physical world.
The tectonic demand, to paraphrase Kant, provides a concept for intuition. The book is, notwithstanding, written in a rhapsodic, essayistic style. And each section can be read independently – preferably together with the book’s intriguing illustrations. Tectonics is – as the author demonstrates – not just the ethics of architecture, but also the poetics of architecture.