Category Archives: [words of wisdom]

landscapes of assembled mineral resources

source: fig. 2.13 & 2.14 from Fernandez’s Material Architecture ch. 2 pgs 44-70.

“When one considers the compounding effects of the long life of buildings (and infrastructure) and their large and material intensive bulk, it is not surprising that construction has resulted in sprawling landscapes of assembled mineral resources. The extraordinary efforts of previous societies to mine and process the mineral wealth of the world have left us with a huge bounty of material embodied within the structure, skin, and internals of our buildlings.”

– Jose Fernandez, Material Architecture: emergent materials for innovative buildings and ecological construction. 2006.

some words of wisdom

“So if a field of research opens at the crossroads of materials and state-of-the-art technologies, including high-tech answers to ecological and climatic questions, there is also another domain, low-tech in nature, which resurfaces in architecture. It is the rediscovery of a whole repertoire of techniques and materials, coming from traditional or vernacular architecture, whose use had been overshadowed, if not demoted, by Modernity… It is a matter of finding in parallel the knowledge and the know-how often only transmitted orally and which has disappeared in the leap of a generation, swept by a blind confidence in technological modernity.”
excerpt taken from: “The Osmotic Territories written by Jean-Gilles Decosterd http://www.decosterd.net or http://www.climats.ch