MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is a semiannual publication about architecture, edited by the School of Architecture of Universidad San Sebastian since 2009 (Santiago de Chile). The journal intends to widen the knowledge of the discipline from a critical view as a record, diffusion, and reference tool aiming at the opening of new discourses of contemporary architecture.
MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is open to the whole national and international academic and professional community. The journal has a special interest in publishing works on the theoretical research and practical production of current architecture in Latin America.
MATERIA ARQUITECTURA No9: FORM
'It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.'
Sullivan, Louis H. (1896)
'The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered'.
Lippincott's Magazine (March 1896): 403-409.
Form follows function, the phrase coined by the American architect, Louis Sullivan, in late XIX century is perhaps one of the most significant and foundational principles of XX century's modern architecture.
The rationalist perspective in architectural design due to the changes generated by the emergence of new industrial materials like steel and glass (among other factors) certainly impacted on the proposals, design strategies and realization of modern spaces that began to set a new aesthetic, a new architecture, a new urban form. Nowadays, more than 100 years of that famous Sullivan's statement, the problem of the generation of architectural form remains as a key theme of the discipline and profession.
To question the relationship between form and architecture seems so simple and complex at the same time: What factors do define the form?, How form is defined?, Why a form is defined?, What is the relationship between form and material?, What is the relationship between form and program?, What is the relationship between form and landscape? What is the relationship between form and technology?, and so on.
This issue of MATERIA ARQUITECTURA journal seeks to take back these and other questions about the problem of design of architectural form in order to contribute to the contemporary debate of the discipline and profession.
To publish in MATERIA ARQUITECTURA, authors should submit their works electronically to: email@example.com.
MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will only publish original and unpublished works. Texts and pictures will be the exclusive responsibility of the signing authors. Submitted manuscripts will be assessed by the Editorial Committee and by peer reviewers. Once the submitted material has been accepted, MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will contact the authors to give them specific instructions about the publication process. The sections open for collaborations are:
Essays, researches, articles. It has a thematic character (see I.Call for Papers) and it will publish essays and theoretical works which are the result of researches or specific works. Authors whose work have been selected by the Editorial Committee should consider and/or attach the following:
-Manuscript: maximum length 2,500 words.
-Abstract: maximum length 100 words.
-Citations, notes, references and bibliography must follow the rules of APA Style.
-Author's biodata, 100 words maximum.
Pictures, photographs (formats: TIFF, JPG, EPS. Resolution: 300 DPI).
-All submitted pictures must include: photo captions, data, source and authorization to be published.
-Plans (format: DWG).
ARCHITECTURE AND CRITICISM:
Critical review of architectural works and projects.
-Text: maximum length 1,000 words.
-Architectural drawings (DWG), photographs and renders (300 DPI)
Visual exploration related to Dossier's central theme.
-Introductory text: maximum length 400 words.
-8 to 20 images (300 DPI)
Mario Marchant L.
Director Revista Materia Arquitectura
Facultad de Arquitectura
Universidad San Sebastian
Bellavista 7, Recoleta
Santiago - Chile