Author Archives: Derek Morphew

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P2-1 Visibility Diagrams

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P2-2 Task 1: Diagram

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P2-1 Research: The Parametric City

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In The idea of a parametric city, by Patrik Schumacher, is a city that adapts and is formed by the nature of the site.  The sustainability of our civilization depends on our ability to find more intelligent and useful ways to harness and utilize the limited resources of our natural environment.  This does not just mean to find better uses of energy, such as solar, wind, and so on, but to find ways that our buildings can changed and work with nature to provide a better environment. This task is to create cities that sustainably adapt to the environment around us without disrupting the development of our civilization.

The first step in developing the city of the future is to address the question of how to optimize our cities in terms of environmental engineering.  We must answer the question, which urban patterns and architectural changes are most likely to help advance the productive life and communication process everything depends on.  With the rate at which technology is changing, the idea of designing a building that can adapt to its environment is not out of the question.  We already have building facades that can adapt to solar and wind patterns to help make the building more comfortable. Why is the idea of designing a building with rules and patterns, example paramedic design, seem so far fetching.

The world as we know it has went through enormous changes in the last 30 years.  Social communication has been completely simplified to the point we face to face interaction is hard so some generations to even accomplish.  The invention of the cell phone and social media, people just do not have to be interactive anymore. Not just the way we communicate, but the way we go about building things has been so streamlined, that the quality of products just are not like the use to be.  The static organizing principle of the Fordist Mass Society – separation, specialization, and mass repetition – has been replaced by the dynamic principles of self-organization of the emerging Postfordist Network Society: variation, flexible specialization, and the networking, stated by Patrik Schumacher.

In Architecture this does not fall very far from the truth.  The idea of just designing a square box, and throwing program inside of it is something all too common in Architecture today.  We need to change this idea of boxing, to an idea of rules and patterns that can change and develop the design process. The solution cannot involve the shutting down of the urban adaptability and flow, but requires new, more complex, and densely integrated patters of spatial ordering that we inherently change and adapt.

Parametrisim is gathering popularity to become the first new global, unified style that can and must replace Modernism.  This style confronts both, the remaining ways of Modernism’s monotony, the chaos that of design inspired by the self-organizing process of nature.   The idea of Parametricism is an idea that is flexible and ever changing.  This is all done computationally, by any property, positional, geometric, material.  There is a cause and effect of any other property of any other element of the design.  Every move is the design is a direct result of something else in the design.

In the end the idea of parametric design, may be something that is hard to grasp and understand at first, but is what needs to change with our ever changing world.  In Architecture, instead of thinking outside the box, the real question is “Does it have to be a box?”  The technology is out there to design anything the mind and dream up, and parametric design is the way to the dream.

In regards to our SQ site, I feel we should not just places box and traditional form on our site, but let the design and nature be the driving factors.  Let us break from the conformity of old-fashioned box style Architecture and let the idea of rules and patterns take over.  Now, there is a limit to when the rules and patters can be too much, this is when us as designers have to step back and understand the ideas we have, and restrict and streamline the rules and patterns we are creating.


Work Cited

Schumacher, Patrik. “The Parametric City.” Zaha Hadid – Recent Projects, A.D.A. Edita, Tokyo 2010, 1 Jan. 2010. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.

E2: Space Syntax

Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center Proposal By Archasia Design Group

Using traditional passive energy techniques with modern inventiveness and technologies, Openair uses the sub-tropical climate through its series of open and enclosed spaces. The terminal stakes a position between city and sea, providing amazing views, and facilitating unencumbered movement between these elements. The new terminal will be an iconic gateway to Kaohsiung and will become the focal point of a vibrant new waterfront district.

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