Thinking Through Building


  • Rebecca Williamson


Architectural thinking occurs through multiple modes, including the generation of texts and images and the physical act of building itself. These modes may be embodied, situated, social, and material, as described in this issue’s call for submissions. Thinking through building has a temporal character. Connoisseurship involves re-cognition, an assessment that can be relatively rapid and, increasingly, based on a graphic image only, not the sound, smell or experience of a place. Know-how, on the other hand, involves correlating accrued, in-progress, and projective thought. The art of building, through the physical acts of construction and the processes that relate to it, has a thoughtfulness of its own.