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Fallingwater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Pennylvania, USA.

Last semester’s architecture design studio water required us to place ourselves in the shoes of another architect’s shoes. I was assigned to study Frank Lloyd Wright throughout the whole semester. Naturally, I became very familiar with his works; particularly his organic designs. Organic architecture is primarily focused on nature and therefore growth, His Fallingwater design, pictured above, is the very epitome of organic architecture. The result of placing myself in Frank Lloyd Wright’s shoes is the design pictured below. My design is based on his ideas of what organic architecture, but what has changed is the context and the means to design. Technology is the main difference, and has allowed for a new wave of possibilies for design: parametric design. Parametric design is generative and computational based design and is responsible for opening new doors and reinventing the limit that existed with the conventional way of paper and pen that architecture once was. I believe parametric design is advancing design to a new architectural discourse for this reason.

Jubilee Church designed by Richard Meier in Rome, Italy.

A prime example of what parametric design can achieve is this masterpiece by Richard Meier pictured above. Parametric design allows complex designs such as this to be realised where it is normally difficult or impossible to do via the dated paper and pen method. The complexity that is only possible via computational means exists in the curved shapes that once came from a sphere. A new era of architectural design begs for a new means to go about it, and it seems that parametric design fits the bill.

The highly complex design pictured below is the Danish Pavilion by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and once again, only exists due to the increased possibilities for complex geometrical shapes that is provided by parametric designs. The result is a complex, elegant and clean design that is very aesthetically pleasing and modern. These designs once again assert me that parametric design is the way to go when it comes to advancing architectural discourse. Danish Pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in Shanghai, China.

ADS Air Journal  

Semester 1, 2012, Architecture Design Studio: Air journal

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