ArgumentNo. 1/2009

Theories of the surface in architecture

Abstract

The mission of the architecture involves necessarily the establishment of boundaries through surfaces creation. The limits between environment and architecture have always been in discussion.

Throughout history, the line between nature and artifact has continued to move and to reinvent itself.

So, a paradoxal situation is looming, a dilemma situation with what architecture should live together: how to set limits in a world that tries to deconstruct them, defy them, how to create surfaces in a culture that is based on spraying appearances.

The present text explores a number of theories that have initiated or contributed to invastigate the nature and the potential of architectural surfaces.

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