A. Rae Smith Urban Designer

Selected Projects (2009—2013)

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Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics

Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics

2009 Ventulett Chair Prize Studio

– Gothic Form, Expression, Structural Logic, Chicago, Analogue Computing

The Gothic Tower explores the various figures found in the lattice work of gothic ornament as a diagram for a skyscraper's structure.

Gothic figures are particularly becoming of the skyscraper's program through their inherent verticality. The project is based on the classic idea of the Gothic: the interlacing, the networking of curved lines into complex configurations. These configurations are then self-stabilizing as they are specifically linked through researched methods of gothic figure pairing.

The idea is that the variability of a figure is directly connected to an emergent effect of configuration. Because of the system of continuity, the structure does not need distinguished structural elements, rather, the forces gradually transfer through the bundled columns in a way resembling the structural logic of gothic cathedrals.


Published here: Textile Tectonics


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Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics
Gothic Tower Textile Tectonics