Archive for April, 2013

Digital Darwinism: Mass Collaboration, Form-Finding, and the Dissolution of Authorship Mario Carpo design; he just makes and feels, and finds form by trial and intuition. Likewise, some current theories of “design by making” — always popular among architects, and particularly among architectural educators, but today enhanced, promoted, and almost vindicated by the power of digital […]


The Art of Patronage Mies and Johnson would never have gotten to work on the Seagram Building if not for Phyllis Lambert In the summer of 1954, a 27-year-old aspiring artist from Montreal sat down in her Paris apartment to type out a letter to her father. Her name was Phyllis Lambert. Her father was […]


The challenging business climate encouraged the studio to drastically rethink its approach to collaboration, inspired by online start-up companies, said studio head Ben van Berkel. “Finding ourselves unable to locate a relevant model from within the profession, we became fascinated by the new initiatives put in place by online start-up companies – such as social […]


Can architects and planners keep up with technological developments or will they be replaced by algorithms and ‘big data’? ARCHITECT AS SYSTEM OPERATOR In a 2008 interview, MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas envisioned architecture to become more open, thanks to the rise of “planning through computers”. When participatory planning process are directly linked to CAD (computer aided […]


Great Innovators Think Laterally by Ian Gonsher and Deb Mills-Scofield Often, when searching for a new way to understand a familiar idea, we look for its opposite. By doing this, we create a spectrum of possibilities between what it is and what it is not. This strategy is somewhat similar to what is often referred […]


Mentoring in the Design Professions “Streamlining began as an engineering technique, but quickly became a driver for style.  Such a movement begins with a philosophical zeal, proclaiming a new scientific basis between form and meaning. As it is assimilated into the mainstream, it becomes a vernacular, something applied more and more carelessly. Even things that […]


College Ends Free Tuition, and an Era Cooper Union opened in 1859, endowed by the industrialist Peter Cooper with valuable real estate and a mission of educating working-class New Yorkers, at no cost to them. Early on, some students who could afford to pay did so, but no undergraduates have paid for more than 100 […]


What has happened to architectural beauty? It used to be the fundamental value of architectural theory and practice, the touchstone of every conceivable achievement for a discipline that considered itself primarily as an art. Today, the word is seldom pronounced by theorists and professionals, at least in public. Even critics and historians tend to avoid […]


“Since the early Renaissance the defining act of architecture has been the production of drawings. Originating within the site-bound paradigm of ancient and medieval building practice, architecture as a distinct professional and intellectual endeavor emerged from a newfound ability to define and depict form, space, material, and structure. As conventions of scale, measure, projection, and […]


“With new information technologies—especially the Internet—it is now possible to harness the intelligence of huge numbers of people, connected in very different ways and on a much larger scale than has ever been possible before.   In order to take advantage of these possibilities, however, we need to understand what the possibilities are in a much […]