Assistant Professor Michael Osman's essay is included in Yale's Architectural Journal Perspecta 45. In this issue, prominent architects, scholars, and artists investigate how architects can become agents for change within their own discipline and in the world at large.
Osman's essay focuses on the use of managerial systems to control the process of concrete construction. As managers standardized this material, they invented a system of parts that was time-based. He argues that through this non-geometric aesthetic, they allowed modernist architects and critics to view concrete as monolithic (i.e. without parts), and thereby imagine formal problems that were not related to the labor of assembling parts into wholes.