"But always with Zaha’s DNA"
"The importance to Zaha was the layering, setting a new structure over the old one” that would both read at a distance and liberate ground for public space. And Patrik wanted the new structure to overshoot the fire station and land on a single point."
On the occasion of the opening of Zaha Hadid Architects, Port House in Antwerp, Joseph Giovannini reflects on the afterlife of Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE. Further images of the “floating” Port House in Antwerp were published previously, here. Additionally, earlier this year... View full entry
Patrik Schumacher lays out his dreams for 'Parametricism 2.0,' post-Zaha
He calls critics “dismissive” and “disdainful.” He accuses architects of “misguided political correctness,” and says they are guilty of “confusing architecture and art.”
Schumacher has turned his criticism on his own practice, rolling out plans for what he calls “Parametricism 2.0,” to better address the human factors like productivity, social interaction, culture, and well-being that detractors used to say Hadid ignored. “I have to step up,” Schumacher says. “I will build my own star power.”
More from Schumacher the Parametricist:Patrik Schumacher on the parametric future he plans for ZHAZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61Brexit: a chance to roll back the interventionist state and unleash entrepreneurial creativity –... View full entry
Patrik Schumacher on the parametric future he plans for ZHA
[Schumacher] sees parametricism as the architectural style of capitalism, to which he is a relatively recent convert. “My early heroes were Marx, Lenin and Trotsky, people who wanted to make an impact”, but he now believes that free enterprise is the best means of the “human development of prosperity and freedom”. The innate logic of parametricism means that, in a truly free market, with “freer utilisation of land”, it would eventually triumph.
Patrik Schumacher sits down with Rowan Moore, and share his plans to assert a parametricist future as Zaha Hadid's successor at ZHA. Moore isn't exactly convinced.More on Zaha and Patrik:The Salerno maritime terminal: Zaha Hadid's first posthumous project inaugurated in ItalyZHA after Zaha: Patrik... View full entry
What architects (and not just parametricists) can learn from 'No Man's Sky' – an astronomical, procedurally generating video game
Hello Games has created its own periodic table of elements for the universe of No Man’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. [...]
“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—the underlying code, algorithm, or procedure that can generate not just one but multiple outcomes.”
More from the games chest on Archinect:Art of Intervention: One-to-One #34 with architect Abraham Burickson, founder of the immersive theater company, Odyssey WorksA tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game CollectionPokémon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual... View full entry
Latest University of Westminster Burning Man studio project needs a Kickstart
For the past several years, tutors Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess' University of Westminster design studio DS10 has helped students develop installation designs for Burning Man, many of which have gone on to be realized on the festival's grounds. This year, the parametrically-inspired... View full entry
Editor's Picks #437
Nicholas Korody penned a double review; of 'The Geological Imagination' and 'The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform'. He finds "The two books also help illuminate some of the difficulties in perceiving climate change, while offering some potentials for movement" and goes on to reference... View full entry
Refik Anadol's new "data sculpture" unveiled at the SOM-designed 350 Mission in San Francisco
The first permanent publicly-viewable artwork by Refik Anadol, a media artist known for his immersive, site-specific light installations, was recently unveiled in San Francisco. Virtual Depictions: San Francisco, a series of "data sculptures" based on a publicly-available dataset, occupies a... View full entry
A glimpse of eVolo's latest book, "Digital & Parametric Architecture"
From the creators of the popular Skyscraper Competition, you can now get your hands on a copy of eVolo's latest book, "Digital & Parametric Architecture".This 312-page book dives into the "architecture of the future" — from the development of the latest digital tools to how they are... View full entry
Editor's Picks #292
b3tadine[sutures] concurred "i love it. that work of this complexity and beauty is being built in Dallas, let alone the US, is testament to Mayne and Morphosis being one of the premiere firms in the world”. However, some like accesskb argued "beautiful forms and spaces... ugly and cold choice of materials and colours".
News The post announcing the opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, designed by Morphosis Architects and which opened this past Saturday in Dallas, featured some great photos by the photographer Iwan Baan. Cosmos commented "Everything about this building is great. Function... View full entry
Neo-baroque or 'sci-fi' gothic: Michael Hansmeyer's computational columns debut
This project involves the conception and design of a new column order based on subdivision processes. It explores how subdivision can define and embellish this column order with an elaborate system of ornament.
"A full-scale, 2.7-meter high variant of the columns is fabricated as a layered model using 1mm sheet. Each sheet is individually cut using a mill or laser. Sheets are stacked and held together by poles that run through a common core.The calculation of the cutting path for each sheet takes place... View full entry