Texas Architect March/April 2014: Materials
This issue on “Materials” focuses on the new Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum. A series of three articles details and critiques the highly anticipated expansion of one of the most renowned museums of the 20th century. As a continuation of the discussion of the marriage of materials and art, we also feature the 12th Street Studios in Austin — the workspace of a practice born of the marriage between an architect and an artist. A study in the simplicity of materials that make up a ranch in Real County rounds out the discussion.
A self-structuring envelope made of folded, pattern-rolled, thin-gauge sheet metal; experimental applications for sustainable biodegradable plastics; and stronger, lighter, hollow metal structural systems inspired by the functionality of avian skeletons: Digital fabrication is an ever-growing field increasingly relevant to architectural practice. The following articles detail projects that are shaping digital fabrication and pushing its boundaries. PHOTO COURTESY IGOR SIDDIQUI. Digital Fabrication 72 76 82 Self-Structuring Skin Plastic Effects Alighted Structures Mic Patterson Rachel Adams James Warton 3/4 2014 Texas Architect 71