Archinect - Features 2017-07-25T12:59:39-04:00 Op-Ed: Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More, by Patrik Schumacher Patrik Schumacher 2015-06-08T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-08-23T09:52:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In mid-April I had posted a note entitled "<a href="" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>" on my Facebook page. This was <a href="" target="_blank">picked up and extensively commented on, here on Archinect</a>. I am thrilled about the lively debate that followed (in which I had participated as &lsquo;parametricist&rsquo;) and I am happy to get the opportunity to come back to this debate once more in this op-ed.</p> AfterShock #1: Architectural Consumers in the Experience Economy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-11T11:53:00-04:00 >2013-09-17T22:43:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>AfterShock</strong> is a non-conclusive series on Archinect that grapples with the impact and responsibility of contemporary architectural design, hoping to instigate dialogues on how to make architecture more accountable.</p> Building Between Dimensions: An Interview with Sophia Vyzoviti Archinect 2012-02-27T20:00:00-05:00 >2017-01-13T19:13:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>by Woody Evans</em></p><p>Architect <a href="" target="_blank">Sophia Vyzoviti</a> pushes, cuts, pleats, folds, and shreds the edges of architectural design &ndash; to startling effect. I was a librarian to architecture and engineering departments at a community college for some years, and found myself often promoting her work on folding matter to CAD-dazed sophomores; it opened eyes. Her emphasis on the techniques of handling physical models and materials is refreshing in a world when so many of the Prtizker class seem to work solely in software. I interview her here about augmented reality, touching stuff, and the aesthetics of smart textures.</p> Safavid Surfaces and Parametricism Derek Kaplan 2011-12-02T19:09:52-05:00 >2015-06-21T22:00:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The development of specialized treatments of concrete and glass, customization through digital fabrication, and parametric design tools have brought about a contemporary resurgence of surface articulation, reopening the general issue of surface composition as a &ldquo;legitimate&rdquo; aspect of design, after almost a century of (near) omission by modernism.&nbsp; A wide variety of firms, among them Zaha Hadid (Patrik Schumacher), Herzog and de Meuron, Weil Arets, Aranda\Lasch and Foreign Office Architects, have been reintroducing this aspect of design -- most notably the last, which in addition to built work, Farshid Mousavi&rsquo;s <em>The Function of Ornament</em> includes surface articulation as part of its theoretical explorations.&nbsp;</p>