The unresolved rooftop

Medio, Simone (2012) The unresolved rooftop. Archnet - IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, 6 (2). pp. 115-131. ISSN 1994-6961

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Abstract

This study is prompted by the observation that an
overwhelming number of buildings in the world have
rooftops that are architecturally irresolute, under
designed, uncharacterised; in one word: unresolved.
In those instances, the level of design resolution of
the rooftop is insignificant when compared to its
corresponding facade. There is an evident, sudden
drop in design tension and architectural investigation.
Has this condition perpetuated through time, and is
this trend continuing? What alternatives are there to
the unresolved rooftop? This study seeks to explore
the topic of the unresolved rooftop in architectural
design, defining its features and origins and providing
evidence of its visibility and presence in the world.
It associates the design of the unresolved rooftop
to the flat rooftop of the modernist era, and
proposes it as a recurring theme and opportunity in
contemporary architectural design. The study limits
itself by suggesting three areas of investigation into
the persistence of the unresolved rooftop in design
practice and education and provides examples of
counter-trends with the scope to stimulate a greater
awareness of the unresolved rooftop and to promote
change.

Keywords:Unresolved rooftop, Design resilience and change, Architectural and technological evolution, rooftop investigation, practice, education, generative design.
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:9732
Deposited On:05 Jun 2013 11:22

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