Architecture as Embodiment of Function in Form Hardback
by Kurt Brandle
The aspects surrounding form and function, especially those Louis Sullivan has touched on anddescribed, have given rise to over a century of controversies.
Many have not been settled anddemand rethinking again and again in response to newly developed understanding.
Even the slight change of "function" in "form follows function " to "functions" raises a host of questions, not to speak of addressing in depth the ambiguity of "follows".
The book addresses recently evolved understanding and expands upon.
A problem here, as in most discussions within complexity, is themeaning of the key terms as typically used.
They require clarity to advance successful communication.
The definitions in this book on embodiment, function and form are pragmatically derived from broad experiences with the design of architecture: why it is, what it is and what it does.
This threefold tenet and justification of architecture is brought in the open by a highly diverse sequence of numerous built examples.
Each has embodiment of human needs and desires, or itcould rightly not be called architecture.
Some of the embodiment is obvious, some is not. Whateveris the case, the connections made between the ideas about need or desire and the physical properties, which constitute buildings, are what we take as functional relations.
They are not allwhat function is, but they are at the center to bring it about.
There happens twofold embodiment as process. On one hand it is the transformative action to find properties which fulfill the needs and desires.
On the other hand it is the emergence of feeling from our thinking bodies evoked by theseproperties during the design or the experience of architecture, calling for judgment.
To show thisduality abundantly and in detail is what the book is about.
Crucially, it also reveals the significance of form as reality and evidence.
Finally the text elaborates on the implicationsof aesthetics in all of this, with one of the surprises being the fact that the aesthetic may notbe only result to acknowledge but also function to start with.
Overall, the purpose of the book isto provide a workable understanding of embodiment, function and form through the ways theyhang together.
Kurt Brandle is professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Michigan.
He studied at the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart and the Technische Universitat Berlin, and graduatedfrom the latter with diploma and doctoral degree.
His work in practice, research, teaching and writing concentrated on building systems, environmental controls and energy conservation.
Out ofthis involvement emerged over the past decade his heightened interest to make issues of meaningin architecture as explicit as possible.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 112 pages, 120 illus
- Publisher: Edition Axel Menges
- Publication Date: 01/06/2019
- Category: Architecture
- ISBN: 9783869050218