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2013.11.25 11:44
25 November
Been reading "The Medium of Architecture" in Schumacher's The Autopoiesis of Architecture: A New Framework for Architecture (vol. 1). It's all very engaging, but, because of recent posting in the Parametrics Smackdown thread, I'm going to further pursue reading the book(s) within parametric methodology in mind, i.e., read along but with the additional notion of how the text may change as I implant my own thoughts/ideas (evoked by the text itself) into the text.
This is a primary quote from p. 346: "The ability to combine detail resolution with openness to future transformations is the decisive hallmark to the parametric model."
I also liked reading about the "epiphany" moment as presented on 353: "It was during this cycle of working with the action-reaction schema that the author first grasped the power of scripting and associative parameters."

2013.11.25 10:48
Parametric smackdown: Patrik Schumacher and Reinhold Martin debate at CalArts conference

Yet, the left half of the image may indeed, in essence, be much more parametric (in that there many more parameters dealt with there), and the right half of the image is more totalitarian (in that most parameters have been reduced to a more unitary/singular vision).
Patrik, it's interesting that I cited a passage from your book(s) that is now contrary to your view. (What were the chances of me finding exactly that?) I wish your new position could now be parametrically implanted within the text to see how it then changes the entire text. Was it (a) parametric thinking (process) that made you change your mind?


2013.11.25 20:32
Parametric smackdown: Patrik Schumacher and Reinhold Martin debate at CalArts conference
Also, I don't know that visual chaos is necessarily all that disorienting, nor that parametricism is all that much better at manifesting orientation.
laissez-faire
: let (people) do (as they choose)
: a doctrine opposing governmental interference (as by regulation or subsidy) in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the peace and property rights
: a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or planning
I predict, if parametricism does take hold as a popular architectural design methodology, then the practice will also be a laissez-faire parametricism. Bottoms-up indeed!

2013.11.27 10:46
Parametric smackdown: Patrik Schumacher and Reinhold Martin debate at CalArts conference
Patrik, can you briefly outline how the Kartal-Pendik Masterplan would manifest socio-ecomonic progress for the present capital/citizens of the Kartal-Pendik district?


2013.11.27 16:36
Parametric smackdown: Patrik Schumacher and Reinhold Martin debate at CalArts conference
Patrik, you say, "I am not talking specifically about our project." and then you say, "this is a new urban fabric to live/work/entertain/socialize," which I assume refers to a project like the Kartal-Pendik Masterplan. So, my question, which is completely fair given your rhetoric and not at all asked from some high-moral stance, remains: can you briefly outline how the Kartal-Pendik Masterplan would manifest socio-ecomonic progress for the present capital/citizens of the Kartal-Pendik district?
If you don't answer, then I'll assume the Kartal-Pendik Masterplan would not manifest any socio-ecomonic progress for the present capital/citizens of the Kartal-Pendik district.
I'm asking the question because I'm beginning to get a sense that parametric urban design (like the Kartal-Pendik Masterplan) does not use parametrics to its full potential, where, for example, parametrics could be utilized to include existing conditions as an important variable within the overall calculating/design process, and thus areas holding the most potential for growth and development are more precisely identified, and, thereafter, parametrics could be used to formulate an infrastructural cohesion for the new admixture.


2013.11.27 18:40
Parametric smackdown: Patrik Schumacher and Reinhold Martin debate at CalArts conference
Regarding Kartal-Pendik Masterplan: "Zaha Hadid Architects were encouraged to consider the site as a blank sheet. However, the parametricist taboo of unmediated juxtapositions implied that the adjacent context--in particular the incoming lines of circulation--had to be taken into account as input for the generation of a new urban geometry." (Schumacher, Autopoeisis, v. 2, p. 686.)
Does not this information itself imply that the site could just as well have been considered parametrically with the existing conditions included?


2015.04.13 11:39
Patrik Schumacher takes to Facebook "In Defense of Stars and Icons"
Yes, the forms are adjusted via (architect/designer manipulation of the) parametrics. For that matter, all the parameters are input by the architect/designer.
The notion that parametrics is some sort of doctrinaire formula devoid of architect/designer input is somewhat unfounded.

2015.04.13 12:20
Patrik Schumacher takes to Facebook "In Defense of Stars and Icons"
curtkram, your last part, "they come from the site conditions and complex interrelations and such, but after the form is defined by those complex interactions" is the opposite of what Schmacher said. He said, "it is often our ambition to adapt the shape of our buildings to the complex site conditions they are meant to address," thus the shape (is that what you
curtkram mean by form?) already has some existence that then comes to be further adjusted by/adapted to site conditions (or not).


2015.04.13 16:07
Patrik Schumacher takes to Facebook "In Defense of Stars and Icons"
curtkram, perhaps you are more describing the way you use parametricism when you design. Some of what you say even describes the way I utilize parametrics (which I do on rare occasions at a very rudimentary level), but I don't think you at all describe the parametric design process that manifests the work of ZHA.
Also, parametricism is not just about the form of a design, rather it is about bringing the ongoing drawing/drafting of the design a minimum of degrees removed from the actual building/construction of the design.


2015.06.08 18:26
Op-Ed: Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More, by Patrik Schumacher
"Still, all our projects fall short in relation to my theoretical agenda and relative to the speculative design research projects pursued by the AA DRL, or other teaching arenas like Harvard, Yale, and Vienna. (All these academic projects also fall short)."
That's about all that I found interesting. Patrik, do you ever explain or take time to investigate how/why the projects fall short? It seems there's actually something to learn from that gap between the theory and the practice (so to speak).


2015.06.09 10:03
Op-Ed: Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More, by Patrik Schumacher
The (looming in the background) notion of "the research phase of design as being the generator of design" is partially why I asked Patrik my first question. Patrik says the design and research projects all fall short of his theoretical agenda. It seems then, to me at least, that an investigation of that fall short gap would teach us something about the +/- aspects of the theory, research and designs.


2015.06.11 12:40
Op-Ed: Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More, by Patrik Schumacher
"The term ‘Parametricism’ implies that all elements of architecture are becoming parametrically malleable and thus adaptive to each other and to the context." --Schumacher
"I can't tell yet if The Autopoiesis of Architecture is written parametrically, but it is certainly worthwhile when read parametrically." --Lauf, 2013.02.16
Given that my straight forward questions here have not been responded to, it's become clear that it is not the projects and research that fall short, rather it's the theoretical agenda that falls short. And it's greatest short fall is that it isn't parametric itself.

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