Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Adaptive - Future - Interactive

Theoretical issue:
As a reaction to the unpredictability of the future and the rigid programming constraints of functionalism, the era of flexible architecture arrives. Flexible buildings respond easily to change throughout their lifetime. They accommodate user’s experiences/intervention, adapt to technical innovation more readily, and offer the potential to be economically and ecologically more viable.

Investigate computer technologies that may be of value in the recent shift toward a new generation of contemporary, flexible buildings and flexibility within the design process.

Weeks 12-13/15

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
-George Bernard Shaw

“OMA’s work… are perceived firstly, to recode traditional typologies and to tease out the lore of the aesthetic of commodity fetishism, without turning against the temporality that is essential to modernism.” (Gervork Hartoonian, Skyplane)

‘Flexible; Architecture that responds to change’ Robert Kronenburg
Tony Owen – 3D software to achieve radical curved forms that are translate into buildable laser-cut structures.
‘Skyplane’ – Richard Francis Jones (particularly Gervork Hartoonian’s essay…)

Rotating Tower, Dubai, David Fischer
Rem Koolhaus (OMA) works – Seattle Library, Museum Plaza Tower & CCTV Building

Method of investigation:
1. Explore the flexibility within the design process through the understanding of the capabilities of Revit 2010 software and its opportunity for generative components.

Modes of representation:
Revit 2010 (uses generative components)
3D computer models & videos

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