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THE CONTEMPORARY ART OF TRACERY

MATTER, ed. Gail Borden and Michael Meredith, 2011

Many threads in Western philosophy have been based on explicit or implicit reductionism of wholes into constituent parts. Cells, electrons, superstrings. It all sounds so reasonable because we are taught that it is reasonable. But it has nothing to do with our everyday experience of objects and their irreducibility. Architecture until now was based on the reverse-- putting little parts together. Stones, then bricks, then steel stick frames with infill panels. The expression of seams between bricks or panels creates a default tectonic- you get articulation for free. These features are however the result of the limits associated with . . . 

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