Thursday, August 27. 2009
Has anyone noticed the unfortunate trend of computer design where blobish, parametric perforated forms are becoming ubiquitous? The designs below have been presented recently by offices of varying quality, and taken together, they appear strikingly droll. While I am sure that some approaches and sites are well suited to such architecture, I am hard pressed to believe that so many qualify. The renderings are hoping to convince of quality, but instead, it reveals to me the lack of imagination currently gripping the biggest projects in the world. Offices are empowered by the computer in a way that was never before possible, but have not managed, in my opinion, to fully come to grips with this tool. Even Zaha, who is often at the front of quality computer designing, succumbs to some moments of ridiculous. Something new needs to happen.
I agree. This has become boring and in the most cases (but not all) meaningful.
To celebrate London as a centre of design and innovation, the ‘Digital Architecture London’ Conference will take place at the Building Centre on 21st September 2009. Presenting a selection of London’s leading architects, artists, designers and engineers, the conference will examine how London is shaping the digital future of the built environment.
Introducing the latest developments in digital design practice, the conference will explore new spaces, social interactions, design and fabrication processes, and speculate on architecture’s post-digital futures.
Book now to secure your place:
Neil Spiller, author of Digital Architecture Now , Visionary Architecture  and many more; Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory; and Director of AVATAR at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture and AA Publications; and Co-founder and former Director of the AADRL.
Tony Dunne, Professor and Head of the Design Interactions Department at the Royal College of Art; and Co-founder of Dunne & Raby.
Geoff Manaugh, Author of the popular website BLDGBLOG and recently of The BLDGBLOG Book, Chronicle Books .
Usman Haque, Director of Haque Design; Research and founder of Pachube.com; and recent recipient of the 2009 World Technology Award (Art), Design Museum, 2008 (Interactive) Design of the Year Award and Wellcome Trust Sciart Award.
As well as Murray Fraser, Hanif Kara (tbc), Rachel Armstrong, Bob Sheil, Charles Walker, Tobi Schneidler, Marcos Cruz, Alvin Huang, Matt Webb, Stephen Gage, Ruairi Glynn, Alan Penn, Marjan Colletti and more.
Ticket Price: £55 inc VAT
Plein de personnes que nous connaissons à cette conférence (mais pas de fabric | ch): Brett Steele, Geoff Manaugh, Tony Dunne, Usman Haque, Rachel Wingfield, etc. Je crois que c'est la deuxième année qu'ils organisent cette conférence à Londres. A suivre...
Talking to Myself About the Poetics of Space
Désolé, c'est long, mais j'archive pour lecture future...
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