Tectonics, in architecture. From the Ancient Greek verb ’tektainomai’, meaning ’to adjoin’. Definitions in the literature are legion, ranging from (1) broad – encompassing all types of architectural composition (how things are put together, to yield an overall built object) – to (2) narrow, where ’tectonic’ composition is contrasted to procedures of composition which are not additive but subtractive (e.g. stereotomy, literally meaning ’to cut stone’). Normative discussions on tectonics in architecture include (3) the questionwhich form of composition (if any) architecture is to privilege and (4) querying the extent to which a building’s composition – or build up process – ought to be discernible on its outside or skin to the naked eye. – Tectonics, in philosophy (5). No established usage, though occasionally enlisted (like ’architecture’ itself) to provide a more fancy term for ’abstract structure’.
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