Patrik Schumacher – Parametricism

25 September 2010 – Patrik Schumacher recently claimed that parametric design is the successor to modernism. He named the movement parametricism. In this post I explain why Schumacher is wrong and explain how Zaha Hadid Architects are just jumping on the bandwagon. Schumacher responds to this criticism in the comments -- his points are well worth reading.

Elements of Parametric Design cover

Elements of parametric design – Woodbury

11 September 2010 – A review of Robert Woodbury's latest book Elements of Parametric Design. The result of twenty years research into parametric design, it is probably the most significant book on the subject.

Optimisation in the 1960s and 2010

23 May 2010 – A discussion of the favourite computational design problem of the 1960s: the distance occupants walked. Why this problem captured the interest of so many researchers, and the non-orthogonal way it was eventually solved.

A stalkers guide to Neil Leach

26 April 2010 – Neil Leach is one of my most beloved authors. This is a guide to his work and where to find it.

DeLanda & Leach

19 April 2010 – Videos from the Intensive Fields conference held at the University of Southern California. Neil Leach and Manuel Delanda discussing parametric urbanism.

Simulation and global crises

30 March 2010 – Idle speculation that the global financial crisis was somehow caused by digital simulation in the same ways architects often deceived by digital simulations.

Manuel Delanda

18 January 2010 – One of my favourite lectures, Manuel DeLand's talking about Deleuze and the Use of the Genetic Algorithm in Architecture - no Powerpoint just an hour long rant without any cues.

CAD 50 years ago

19 December 2009 – A brief look at the birth of CAD. Ivan Sutherland's 1962 Sketchpad was the first interactive CAD system, which laid the groundwork for much of what we do today, fifty years later.

Three essential books

1 November 2009 – A brief review of three important computational books: An Evolutionary Architecture; Algorithmic Architecture; and Tooling.