ARCH 793b: Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics

To “see” architecture, or feel the space of a room, is to see beyond the surface that bounds it—the material from which that surface is constructed, to its intentionality, meaning and affect. rchitecture is building that means something, and the grammar of its language is the discipline of tectonics.The history of thinking about tectonics has been written with respect to trabeation, arcuation and vaulting, geodesy, and now is being challenged by the digital access to reality-free realms of imagination. But there are a few new technologies in this new world that retain a tectonic necessity. One of them is plate—steel, aluminum, or other metals, plywood, concrete (not shells), or polymer, and that is what this section has studied over the past year and demonstrated in these projects.

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Plated Tectonics

A lot of really opulent architecture that is championed is nothing more than sweets for the culture. It has no substance, and it doesn’t really serve any purpose. Yet still,…

ARCH793b_WesJones_Mengui Zhang cover – Mengrui Zhang

Sliding FRP Plate Tectonics

In this rapidly changing world, there is an increasing sense of uncertainty about the future. To combat this, this thesis is proposed to use the cutting-edge Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP)…

Cover Photo_FangzhouNi – Fangzhou Ni


The beginnings of architecture and human history date back to approximately 12,000 years ago, when humans left their caves and established their initial shelters. As technology continues to advance into…