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Why does computer technology play such a major role in your work? We are living in a society in which technological developments are following each other in quick succession. It is actually quite logical for information and communication technologies to be used in architecture. All I am doing is actively applying the latest technology in this field to the design process. But you use this technology to a greater extent than many of your peers. Yes we do, and that is partly because we want to integrate technology and architecture, but also because we are constantly on the look-out for links between the visual arts and architecture. Back in 1994, Ilona Lénárd and I organized the “Sculpture City” event, the aim of which was to bring about a fusion of the visual arts and architecture on a digital platform. The relationship between the visual arts and architecture is most evident in our method of working. Whereas most architects still work from scale models, and in that sense are working to some extent in an abstract way, because we use the computer in the design process we are able at a much earlier stage to make models of buildings that approach the scale of reality. That's something a visual artist can do too − they create their own reality at full size. In the virtual world you create your own vision of the world, an environment about which you know all there is to know because you are the one who created it. Just like a visual artist, the architect is in control of everything: from initial assignment to management, finances, the production process and the final version. Because we have this control over the design and construction process we are able to tailor each building more precisely than ever before to suit the site and the client's and user's requirements.

KAS OOSTERHUIS Architect, ONL [Oosterhuis-Lénárd], Rotterdam, The Netherlands Inteview by Vibeke Gieskes

Luminous discussed the use of the latest technologies with Professor Kas Oosterhuis. He and his “Hyperbody” research group are working on the development of “non-standard architecture”.

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Luminous 6 | Organic Light  

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