Aesthetics of the Main Types of Structures

Tomme: LVII (LXI) Fascicle: 4 | 2011
Pages: 9-16
Abstract text:
The structural aesthetics issue is a frontier field which the structures engineering does not study and which the architectural studies and designs neglect. This leads to severe consequences in various aspects, as the discrepancies between the architectural idea and the resistance design which lead to a) Difficulties in the static and dynamic stability of structures. b) Compromise occurs in the structural completion of the architectural designs. c) Additional or useless expenses. d) Non-aesthetic value of the constructions. The simplest definition concerning the aesthetical value requires the congruence of form with substance. Seeing how in architecture, form is determined by a) The geo-climatical agent. b) The technico-economical agent, while substance is determined by c) The socio-cultural agent. Therefore, the construction value, and the architectural work respectively, result from the congruence between the three dual environments, which concludes that neglecting any of the six agents is a source of aesthetic irrelevance. One can propose that a series of norms be settled concerning the correct design of the architectural form, yet this would only provoke architects and architecture critics to argue that they predict a difficult quantification of socio-cultural fields which disrupt the building. Considering the present situation, the most appropriate formula would be generating guides, in order to generate a correct design of the architectural form.
Key Words:
wood; masonry; ferroconcrete; metal; architecture

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