ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM & DESIGN

Rise Tectonic Machines!

Construct the Exigent City!

Marcus Shaffer

$24.95

Specifications

Size: 
7.5” x 8.63”
Pages: 
100
Binding: 
4c + spot varnish
Publication date: 
Fall 2013
ISBN: 
978-1-941806-04-3
Weight: 
5.4lb
Rights world: 
Available
Co-editions: 
Kyna Leski, Peter Lynch
Overview: 

Situated within a growing interest in new machine processes by the architectural community, Rise Tectonic Machines! documents Prof. Marcus Shaffer’s progress in designing and realizing semi-autonomous, city-making machinery. In formulating this work, Shaffer’s writings touch upon various architectural automations past, present, and proposed; ranging from Homeric deidalia, to Tsutomu Nehei’s Builders; from Edison’s Monolithic Pour formwork, to Japanese efforts in saving the working methods of their master craftsmen through technology. In contextualizing the many drawings, models, and prototypes that record Shaffer’s evolving machine, the book qualifies a need for automated construction technologies—specifically in environments of human displacement. As warfare, natural disasters, and economic upheaval increasingly turn our cities into humanitarian crisis zones, the book raises a call for devising Tectonic Machines—deployable architectural proxies—as means of transmitting buildings and building beyond the limitations of conventional architectural practices.

About the author: 

Marcus Shaffer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Penn State’s Stuckeman School. His research focuses on architectural works, theories, and practices that engage the Machine as an extension of our impulse to examine and remake the natural world. He lives in Seoul, Korea.

Kyna Leski is the Rhode Island School of Design’s Architecture Department Head, and a founding principal of 3SIXO Architecture. She lives in Providence, RI.

Peter Lynch, Architect, is Co-Director of Metasus Design, a Rome Prize recipient, and former Head of Cranbrook Architecture. He divides his time between New York and Shanghai, China.