The politics of parametricism : digital technologies in architecture / edited by Matthew Poole and Manuel Shvartzberg.

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Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
Description
xiv, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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"Over the last decade, 'parametricism' has been heralded as a new avant-garde in architecture, urban design, and industrial design, regarded by many as the next grand style in the history of architecture. From buildings to cities, the built environment is increasingly designed and constructed using digital software based on parametric scripting platforms which claim to process complex physical and social models alike. However, critical questions concerning these cultural and technological shifts are often eclipsed by the seductive aesthetic that parametric design tools and their architectural products and discourses represent. The Politics of Parametricism addresses these issues, offering a provocative collection of new essays written by leading international thinkers in the fields of digital architecture, theory, and technology. Exploring the social, political, ethical, and philosophical issues at stake, each chapter provides a different vantage point on the challenges and solutions presented by the processes of parametric architecture and urbanism."--Page 4 of cover.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-244) and index.
Contents
  • 1. Introduction
  • Matthew Poole, Freelance Curator/Writer, UK and Manuel Shvartzberg, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, USA
  • Section 1: Parametricism and Politics
  • Polemics
  • 2. On Numbers, More or Less
  • Reinhold Martin, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, USA
  • 3. The Historical Pertinence of Parametricism: and the Prospect of a Free Market Urban Order
  • Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects, UK
  • 4. There is No Such Thing as a Political Architecture; There is No Such Thing as Digital Architecture
  • Neil Leach, USC School of Architecture, USA
  • Section 2: Post-Humanist Critiques
  • 5. Parametricist Architecture (Would be a Good Idea)
  • Benjamin Bratton, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • 6. 'Play Turtle, Do It Yourself': Flocks, Swarms, Schools, and the Political-Architectural Imaginary
  • Manuel Shvartzberg, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, USA
  • 7. Breeding Ideology: Parametricism and Biological Architecture
  • Christina Cogdell, University of California, Davis, USA
  • Section 3: Techniques of (Socio-Spatio-Political) Representation
  • 8. Speculation, Presumption and Assumption: The Ideology of Algebraic-to-Parametric Workspace
  • Matthew Poole, Freelance Curator/Writer, UK
  • 9. Undelete: Recreating Uncensored Archives
  • Laura Kurgan, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, USA
  • 10. Architecture as Disputing Calculations: Notes for a Pragmatic Reframing of Parametricism and Architecture
  • Andres Jaque, Andres Jaque Architects: Office for Political Innovation, Spain
  • Section 4: The Figure of the Practicing Architect
  • 11. Parametric Schizophrenia
  • Peggy Deamer, Yale School of Architecture, USA
  • 12. The Architecture of Neoliberalism
  • Teddy Cruz, University of California, Davis, USA
  • 13. Parameter Value
  • Phillip G. Bernstein, Autodesk, USA
  • 14. Spinoza's Geometric and Ecological Ratios
  • Peg Rawes, Bartlett School of Architecture, UK
  • Index.
ISBN
  • 9781472581662 ((hardback))
  • 1472581660 ((hardback))
  • 9781472581655 ((paperback))
  • 1472581652 ((paperback))
LCCN
2015008299
OCLC
894026145
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