This book presents a project that celebrates a key event in the development of human technology, the first flight of the Wright Brothers in North Carolina. However, this book does not concentrate in a monument or in a building-monument to celebrate the episode but focuses on the process of designing a building.
In fact, as the reader will see, this thesis distinguishes two basic stages of architecture. One, the most relevant in this case, is the process of achieving architecture; the second is the statement of a position in architecture.
Making a statement in architecture refers more to the concrete result of the design, which relies on technical details and precise plans that dissect the object. However, the process of achieving architecture goes beyond the concrete and intends to encompass the more elusive interaction between rational research and sensible exploration. In Roberto's work, sketches, photographs, computer images, rough color papers, and collages are the instruments to express the dynamic pursuit of an architecture that intends to go beyond the evident.
Some could criticize its lack of concretion and its ethereal character; nonetheless it is necessary to understand the final result of February 2000 in relationship with the competition project of May 1999. Both designs, the very exploratory and the very precise, are evidence of concern about the complexity and comprehensiveness of architecture. Moreover, this study of exploration and concretion in architecture seems to be a good transition as the author leaves the university and enters the realm of professional life. From this fact results the name of this book â Approaching Architectureâ that in some sort reminds the patient, gentle, and short yet significant fly that occurred in North Carolina almost one hundred years ago.