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Analysis Combining Three Readings

The authors in the readings offer comprehensive information on the term surface and how it relates with other architectural terms. It is noted that the literal initial meaning the term surface is on the verge of becoming a cliché (Reeser, A et al, 2007). This is attributed to inventions in architectural designs and forms due to transformations in the physical and conceptual appropriations of the surface. Surfaces were initially used for representations of various aspects in the universe by architects, but with modernization and evolution of new algorithms, they have been transformed into sites of performance and effect. Virilio asserts that expanding surface is the transformation of a 2-dimensional construct into a 3-dimensional one.

Aranda/Lasch investigates the quasicrystals portrayed in the cabinet of curiosity by assessing the order and pattern of arrangement of materials (Psarra, 2009). According to their perception of surface, it is not designed but it is created as a result of an integral algorithmic order. The cabinet is their latest manifestation of their research which is stated to find its order in an agglomeration and packing of multiple chunks, thus forming a surface. This can be viewed below:


Easton and Cromb’s investigations of surface are well represented by the Air Park IAH, which is one of the first large-scale built projects. The structure is composed of two distinct structures: a gatehouse and a parking canopy. There is a translation from skin to surface whereby, adjacent to the gatehouse there is a subtly curved and perforated steel skin of the parking canopy. This produces a spatial volume from only one skin and one surface thus forming a 2D condition. There is a correlation between the parking lot (surface) and the canopy (skin) which produces a clear and overly simplified diagram of a “mat” building type (Ching, 2007). This can be shown by the figure below;

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The authors present solutions in architectural designs and patterns which represent various cultural aspects. There is application of mathematical and geometrical concepts to facilitate creation of structures which meet needs of individuals such as shelter, parking lots and expansion of the knowledge base of people (Reeser, A et al, 2007).


Reeser, A et al, (2007). PRAXIS 9 EXPANFING SURFACE: Journal of Writing + Building Issue 9. New York: Praxis Inc.

Psarra, S, (2009). Architecture and Narrative: the information of space and cultural meaning. Routlegde.

Ching, F, (2007). Architecture—form, space, and order. Edition3, John Wiley and Sons