Building Materials and Assemblies
Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components, and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance.
Auguste Perret: (
"One must never allow into a building any element destined solely for ornament, but rather turn to ornament all the parts necessary for its support."
"Construction is the architect's mother tongue; the architect is a poet who thinks and speaks in construction."
— Auguste Perret. from Peter Collins. Concrete: The Vision of
a New Architecture, A Study of Auguste Perret and his
Viollet le-Duc: (27 January 1814 – 17 September 1879)
“The extent to which buildings are beautiful is
the extent to which the special problem each confronted was solved in an optimal way."
an 'efficient structure' does not necessarily make for efficient architecture
another example of extreme complexity
and another one, McGill's