Challenging tradition in architecture


Can architects and planners keep up with technological developments or will they be replaced by algorithms and ‘big data’?

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 design)-software architecture will become more democratic. The use of software transforms the role of the architect from mythical artistic figure to system operator.

Maas describes this trend as an intriguing potential and warns his colleagues who think this shift is dangerous. “Architects are hiding themselves, they behave like ostriches. If we deny these new developments, the profession will be taken over by others.” Sophisticated software is replacing the artistic genius.

Five years later, Winy Maas’ prophecy is becoming a reality.

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