The development of tectonics and atectonics concepts in the history of architecture


  • Pawornpod Boonruangkao Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University
  • Tonkao Panin Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University


tectonics, atectonics, opposite architectural concepts


Tectonics is now generally accepted as a concept used to describe the expressive value of architecture in relation to structural system, construction method and truth to materials. In fact, the definition of the concept began to be framed in a specific sense around the mid-20th century. In the 1960s, at the same time, the definition of atectonics as an
opposite architectural concept was created and developed. Atectonics values architecture in another way that the definition of the tectonic concept cannot cover, that is to say, the importance of expressing architecture is not necessarily related to the structural system, construction methods, truth to materials, but focus on expressing the meaning, emotional reflect and psychology of visual perception. From studying the development of both
concepts in a dialectical form, the clear definition of these two concepts is obtained and found out why these two concepts, which were created to be like opposite concepts. This result will bring the understanding of two concept definitions to be used as theoretical frameworks for the synthesis of identity in Thai architecture.


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