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Construction Technologys Place in Architecture A major question in modern architecture is how construction technology plays into architectural form Does construction technology validate a building as modern architecture Can modern architecture exist without construction technology My answer to both questions is no This paper will analyze modern architecture and the role technology plays in creating it Examining the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe will help support my claim Architecture exists as a fingerprint of the society from which it grows It is a physical spatial experiential interpretation of realities weve created around us Technology is what our present world revolves around so of course it plays a prime role in modern architecture But the presence of construction technology does not render as architecture until the form it creates has evolved past a mere physical entity into an experiential existence I have chosen the Farnsworth House because it is one of the purest forms of modern architecture I know today The energy behind Mies van der Rohes work is free from restraints of a specific order lead only by structural clarity and simplicity One of his most famous statements less is more is backed up in full by the Farnsworth house The House consists of parallel floor and ceiling planes measuring 29x77 feet sandwiching a steel skeleton enclosed by a continuous glass-plane skin This is levitated five feet above ground by eight face-mounted H-section columns extending to the roof edge A smaller terrace plane is placed asymmetrically to the side This levitates between the house floor and the ground via six H-section column stubs two of which are shared with the house The exterior floor planes are made of gravel filled steel drain pans topped by open-jointed paving Interior floor and roof are steel framed Welds are ground smooth and then painted white Other than a free individually symmetrical structure placed just off-center the interior plan is open letting light travel completely through the
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