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The Building Envelope

“The building envelope" is possibly the oldest and most primitive architectural element. It materializes the separation of inside and outside, natural and artificial; it demarcates private from public and land ownership, when it becomes a facade, the envelope also operates as a representational device, in addition to its crucial environmental and territorial roles. The building envelope is the border, the frontier, the edge, the enclosure, and the joint.” The basic typology of envelope is determined by political, social and environment (and more) factors at an extremely generic and macro level. The novelty and specificity of these factors may therefore overthrow the existing typology of envelope, or even at times reformulates such in an experimental fashion.

Based on the understanding of the notion of envelope, each student will find

one envelope typologies (may overlap) and study the prerequisites/factors in forming this typology with casino online historical references. This factor can be environmental, social, political. A careful analysis of well-known precedents will be carried out in order to seek for the relationship between the factors and its envelope. (This study can be integrated with the vernacular village field study) This part attempts to retrieve the capacity of drawing and measuring as a crucial tool for architectural theory, as well as the hybridization of theory and technical knowledge. The factor can be (not limited to): landscape orientation, corporate structure, ventilation, political events, anamorphosis, movement, social structure, symmetry etc. The typologies can be (not limited to): gable house, super tall building, flat boxes, linearity(super tall inversed), twin buildings, boxes, penetrated boxes, pixelization, flat landscape, cones, spheres etc.


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