Archinect - News 2016-08-26T02:58:00-04:00 What architects (and not just parametricists) can learn from 'No Man's Sky' – an astronomical, procedurally generating video game Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-19T16:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T13:23:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hello Games has created its own periodic table of elements for the universe of No Man&rsquo;s Sky ... This allows them to generate 1.8 quintillion planets that are all different from one another and built governing the inherent logic set forth. [...] &ldquo;It is no longer about designing a final object or a product, but about designing or configuring the system or the process of their formation&mdash;the underlying code, algorithm, or procedure that can generate not just one but multiple outcomes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the games chest on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Art of Intervention: One-to-One #34 with architect Abraham Burickson, founder of the immersive theater company, Odyssey Works" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art of Intervention: One-to-One #34 with architect Abraham Burickson, founder of the immersive theater company, Odyssey Works</a></li><li><a title="A tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game Collection" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game Collection</a></li><li><a title="Pok&eacute;mon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pok&eacute;mon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning</a></li><li><a title="Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app</a></li><li><a title="Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership Julia Ingalls 2016-04-20T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:20:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid Architects issued a formal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> announcing that the firm will continue to move forward, with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> acting as de facto leader.&nbsp;In addition to finishing the 36 projects they had started or had under contract before <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Hadid died</a> on March 31st, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA</a> will also be taking on new work. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, in addition to opening new offices in Mexico City and Dubai, the firm "also hopes to push further into aviation, having won a contract for a new airport in Beijing." In tomorrow's episode of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>,&nbsp;Schumacher will share his personal and professional reflections on Hadid's legacy, and elaborate on how he'll carry Hadid's "DNA" and his&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">p</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">arametricist</a>&nbsp;ideas into new arenas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;We want to tell the world that we&rsquo;re still a viable, vibrant address for major work of cultural importance," Schumacher told the NYT.&nbsp;&ldquo;My ambition is to become more visible as a leader of the field to clients."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>He also stated that he wants to continue moving forward on ...</p> 2015 year in review - Editor's Picks #439 Nam Henderson 2016-01-12T17:22:00-05:00 >2016-01-13T23:00:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As my own contribution to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s 2015 year in review</a>,&nbsp;I have gathered a sampling of the News, Blog posts, Discussions and Features from last year (or even further) that touch on key themes of 2015, look to projects/awards/openings coming in 2016 or in some-way reference either 2015 or 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To start, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>&nbsp;penned an Op-Ed: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More</a>&nbsp;in which he insists "<em>parametricism has matured and can now take on serious, relevant work. The days of adolescent muscle-flexing are over &ndash; the real work has to begin</em>".</p><p><strong>Daniela Ghertovici</strong> found it refreshing "<em>not because Schumacher is advocating apathetic callousness in the face of political problems, but precisely because so many (academic) architects waste precious time and resources attempting to solve macro political problems within a discourse that is entirely impotent to solve such problems.</em>"&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This February, The Royal Institute of British Architects will present the 2016 Royal Gold Medal, to Dame Zaha Hadi...</a></p> Editor's Picks #419 Nam Henderson 2015-06-12T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-11-25T13:14:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>&nbsp;continued the debate/discussion started by his mid-April Facebook post "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Defense of Stars and Icons</a>" with an <strong>Op-Ed&nbsp;</strong>titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For her part <strong>Daniela Ghertovici</strong> agrees "<em>with Schumacher&rsquo;s assessment that ARCHITECTS DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY OR EXPERTISE TO SOLVE POLITICAL PROBLEM</em>S." <strong></strong> argued "<em>Patrik says the design and research projects all fall short of his theoretical agenda. It seems then, to me at least, that an investigation of that fall short gap would teach us something about the +/- aspects of the theory, research and designs</em>". While&nbsp;<strong>curtkram</strong> wanted "<em>to hear more about how this parametric theory would apply to the buildings i might work on, the more mundane street level stuff...i would use amazon as an example...also could parametricism relate to taco bell</em>?"</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><br>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;presented tips for employers on maximizing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the effectiveness of </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of Their Employees</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Xenakis</strong> argued "<em>this...misses the point - if architects are s...</em></p> How Frank Gehry helped create the era of "technological construction" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-13T16:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1990s, Frank Gehry pioneered... &ldquo;smart&rdquo; digital design in architecture, by using software to optimize designs and translate them directly into a process of fabrication and construction. Now known in the industry as parametric design and building information modeling, this approach has ushered in a new era of architecture, according to art historian Irene Nero: the era of &ldquo;technological construction&rdquo; [...] How did an architect who doesn&rsquo;t use computers start a technology company?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an article for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Priceonomics</a>, Lian Chang looks at the role Frank Gehry and his team had on the development of parametric design, aka building information modeling. Beginning with Gehry's fish-inspired&nbsp;pavilion for Barcelona&rsquo;s 1992 Olympics, Chang traces the various construction impasses and subsequent revelations that have helped establish Gehry Technologies as a significant player in the realization of many major architecture projects today (and not just the one's bearing his famous signature).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After a contractor failed numerous times to translate Gehry's vision for the Barcelona pavilion, the resident "office hippy,"&nbsp;Jim Glymph, turned to&nbsp;CATIA, a C++ software package originally developed for the aerospace industry. Using parametric B&eacute;zier curves (or vectors) and 3D surface algorithms, Gehry's team was able to realize the project, and on budget.&nbsp;</p><p>Chang continues her history looking at the initial controversies surrounding Gehry's plans for the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the impo...</p> Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings? Alexander Walter 2015-01-02T18:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T11:43:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The facade of Bunker Hill's The Broad museum was officially unveiled this morning as workers removed the last of the exterior scaffolding, and things are not looking quite as originally envisioned. The design, by starchitects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, was originally advertised as an "innovative veil" that will activate "two-way views that connect the museum and the street"; today it's been updated to be, well, a bit less innovative.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For comparison - the rendered promise:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Parametric smackdown: Patrik Schumacher and Reinhold Martin debate at CalArts conference Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-19T16:05:00-05:00 >2014-02-16T17:48:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> CalArts two-day symposium on &ldquo;The Politics of Parametricism&rdquo; opened last Friday with a conversation between Reinhold Martin, associate professor at Columbia University&rsquo;s GSAPP, and Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects. Their debate, while at times tending more towards dysfunctional improv theater than academic discussion, revolved around the relationship between architecture and politics -- generally speaking, Martin sees the two as indelibly linked, while Schumacher idealizes their explicit separation. Their debate didn&rsquo;t concern the visual aesthetics of parametric design, so much as argue about its utility in political systems.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Patrik Schumacher</em></p> <p> As an event presented by CalArts&rsquo; MA Aesthetics &amp; Politics program, the Martin-Schumacher debate did not explicitly discuss individual architecture projects, but tended more on the side of critical architectural theory. To introduce their debate, both Martin and Schumacher presented papers on their approach to parametr...</p> Editor's Picks #331 Nam Henderson 2013-09-03T12:39:00-04:00 >2013-09-03T13:34:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Donna Sink offered up her memories "I spent a summer living in that building. It's very lovely and graceful, though I like &lsquo;suavely-curved&rsquo; much better as a descriptor! The views are unmatched, IMO, still. Breathtaking...Back then its only drawback was that it was very removed from the activity of the city</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune architecture critic tweeted "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Schipporeit, co-architect of Chicago's suavely-curving Lake Point Tower, once the world's tallest all-residential building, has died</a>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink&nbsp;</a>offered up her memories "<em>I spent a summer living in that building.&nbsp; It's very lovely and graceful, though I like &lsquo;suavely-curved&rsquo; much better as a descriptor! The views are unmatched, IMO, still. Breathtaking...Back then its only drawback was that it was very removed from the activity of the city.&nbsp; It was a bleak walk for several blocks to get back into the hustle of daily life in a city.&nbsp; These days it's surrounded by smaller scale housing, retail, and the much-improved Navy Pier, yes?</em>"</p> <p> <strong>thisisnotmyname</strong>&nbsp;answered "<em>Somewhat.&nbsp; A few more adjacent sites need to fill in.&nbsp; Lake Point Tower is still one of the finest examples of residential high rise design in Chicago</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over at the New Yorker Elizabeth Greenspan chatted with Daniel Libeskind and discussed the openin...</a></p> “The Politics of Parametricism” conference coming to Los Angeles this November Justine Testado 2013-08-28T12:57:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T21:03:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The Politics of Parametricism" conference at LA's Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) from Nov. 15-16 explores the vast complexities of Parametrics, the evolving design paradigm described as becoming the "avant-garde in architecture and design" and "the next 'grand style' of architectural movements."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>