In recent years architectural discourse has witnessed a renewed interest in materiality under the guise of such familiar tropes as 'material honesty,' 'form finding,' or 'digital materiality.' Motivated in part by the development of new materials and an increasing integration of designers in fabricating architecture, a proliferation of recent publications from both practice and academia explore the pragmatics of materiality and its role as a protagonist of architectural form. Yet, as the ethos of material pragmatism gains more popularity, theorizations about the poetic imagination of architecture continue to recede. Compared to an emphasis on the design of visual form in architectural practice, the material imagination is employed when the architect 'thinks matter, dreams in it, lives in it, or, in other words, materializes the imaginary.' As an alternative to a formal approach in architectural design, this book challenges readers to rethink the reverie of materials in architecture through an examination of historical precedent, architectural practice, literary sources, philosophical analyses and everyday experience. Focusing on matter as the premise of an architect’s imagination, each chapter identifies and graphically illustrates how material imagination defines the conceptual premises for making architecture.

part Part One|76 pages

The Material of Architectural Conceptions

chapter 1|16 pages

Material Intuitions: Tracing Carlo Scarpa's Nose

ByCarolina Dayer

chapter 3|10 pages

Phenomena and Idea 1

BySteven Holl

chapter 4|12 pages

The Resistance of Factures in Drawing-out Architectural Constructions

ByMatthew Mindrup

chapter 5|18 pages

Mythic Geology: Under the Surface at Palazzo del Te

ByTracey Eve Winton

part Part Two|66 pages

Construction Matters

chapter 6|18 pages

Architectural Encounters between Material and Idea

ByPaul Emmons

chapter 7|10 pages

Displacing Matter

ByManuela Antoniu

chapter 9|18 pages

On the Dissolution of the Modular Imagination

ByDan Willis

part Part Three|100 pages

Imaginative Perceptions of Architecture