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The Etymology Of Craft

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posted on 2023-06-22, 19:59 authored by Gregor A. Tratnik

There exists a fundamental separation between architecture and construction, as hierarchies of knowledge place mind over body, and design over workmanship. This thesis attempts to mend these cultural mischaracterizations by understanding the etymologies of knowledge, industry, and craft, through definitions of tool, maker, and material, to demonstrate craft as the plane on which architecture and construction can be brought together harmoniously. This is then applied to the context of Toronto, at first through brick materiality and construction, and later the fire station archetype, tracing the dialogical consequences of building cultures through ontological construction examined via the tectonic poetry of the joint to produce a discourse of craft knowledge based in design and workmanship synchronously. By mining the rich traditions of craft, a renewed understanding of architecture is yielded, one where workmanship and design become extensions of one another, achieving a rich diversity through the act of making, and re-instilling diverse regional character. 

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Language

English

Degree

  • Master of Architecture

Program

  • Architecture

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • Thesis

Thesis Advisor

Carlo Parente

Year

2020

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