Traditionally, architecture mediates joints with mouldings whose qualities describe, like a human face, their character. In contrast, modern architecture uses a reveal or shadow to mark joints. This ubiquitous yet overlooked modern shadow has slipped between the cracks of architectural theory. Is the modern reveal, distained and beloved by architects, the sign of a building without quality?
Marcia F. Feuerstein, Ph.D., A.I.A. is Associate Professor at Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, Virginia Tech, teaching architectural design and theory since 1996, and a licensed architect. Feuerstein studied at Tufts University, SUNY/Buffalo, and University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her Ph.D. (Architecture). She has practised in the US, and has taught and lectured in Europe, Canada, Pakistan and the US. Publications include ‘Body and Building inside the Bauhaus's Darker Side: On Oskar Schlemmer’ in Body and Building (2002) and Changing Places: ReMaking Institutional Buildings (1992).