Nader Tehrani, Originally published in Material Design by Thomas Schroepfer, 2011.


Any and all architectural materializations can be argued to be the result of a form of surplus, an excess that is not to be misinterpreted as a vice, but rather an essential part of the structure of the tectonic thought: that all architectures negotiate technical and communicative interests as an artifice, not as natural fact. Even the most technical of architectural requirements can rarely, if ever, determine a singular outcome, overcoming any possibility of structural, functional, or formal determinism. Part of the allure of the Classical reference in architecture is its systematic nature as a language, the relationship of its parts to the whole, and the idea that in its time, it was the result of a social contract of sorts; […]

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