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a+u 2020:04 Computational Discourses

a+u 2020:04

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English + Japanese / 176 Pages / 219 x 292 mm / 640 g

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This issue of a+u examines the application of computational design and digital fabrication across a spectrum of scales – from a free-form high-rise exoskeleton, to bio-mimetic wearables for the body, to the printed structure of a nonstandard brick – taking its conceptual cues from Charles and Ray Eames’ 1977 film, Powers of Ten. Selected here are 14 projects by individuals and entities working in cross-disciplinary ways, that suggest what “thinking digitally” can do with the means of our present time.

For each of the issue’s projects, the shaping and organizing of various materials, via computational methods, serve as our starting points. Supporting them are texts by Jenny E. Sabin, Patrik Schumacher, and Achim Menges. Through the relationships drawn from this iterative collection of work, we hope to make the unfamiliar more familiar, and to provoke questions about the relationship between natural systems, digital technology, and the shaping of the material environment.

Introduction:
Generative Architecture: Making a Critical Practice
Jenny E. Sabin

Zaha Hadid Architects
Commentary
Morpheus Hotel at City of Dreams
One Thousand Museum

Essay:
Parametricism: The Next Decade 
Patrik Schumacher

Morphosis
Commentary 
Kolon One & Only Tower
 
The Living
Embodied Computation Lab 
Hy-Fi 

Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
Commentary 
BUGA Fiber Pavilion 2019 
BUGA Wood Pavilion 2019 
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016 – 17 

Essay:
Towards a Computational Material Culture in Architecture 
Achim Menges

MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY
Minima | Maxima
 
Jenny Sabin Studio
Commentary 
Ada 

Neri Oxman and The Mediated Matter Group
Commentary 
Silk Pavilion 
Aguahoja 
Wanderers
 
Sabin Lab
PolyBrick Series