On Precision and Play in Contemporary Architecture
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Precision is necessary in the field of architecture, and new technologies have increased demands for accuracy, particularly when the smallest errors can have outsized consequences. However, the importance of precision, or exactitude, has not received the consideration it merits. While themes of sustainability, performance, and formal innovation have been at the forefront of architectural scholarship for the past twenty years, this book moves beyond these concerns to explore the theoretical and practical demands exactitude makes on architecture as a field.
The eleven essays collected here investigate the possibilities and shortcomings of exactitude and delve into current debates about the state of contemporary architecture as both a technological craft and artistic creation. Featuring new work by leading theorists, historians, editors, architects, and scholars, this volume brings theory and practice into insightful and productive conversations. In addition to the editors, contributors include Mark Wigley, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Eric Höweler, Christopher Benfey, Sunil Bald, Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano with Thomas de Monchaux, Alicia Imperiale, Francesca Hughes, Teresa Stoppani, and Cynthia Davidson.
“An important and timely set of contributions on an indispensable topic for architecture.”—Mohsen Mostafavi, editor of Ethics of the Urban: The City and the Spaces of the Political
“This collection of essays by leading practitioners and highly regarded theoreticians considers the possibilities and impossibilities of interrelated topics: exactness, accuracy, precision, error, tolerance, and play. Exactitude is a significant topic that has not been widely addressed, and the authors here are important and well-known voices.”—Paul Emmons, associate dean for graduate studies at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Virginia Tech