Saturday, January 14, 2017
computer aided design
This concert hall was designed by Herzog and de Meuron with an assist from Yasuhisa Toyota. And a computer algorithm. An article in Wired makes it seem like this is an innovative moment in architecture, but it's not. Since the first drafting program was released architects have been influenced in deceptive ways by a thing that is often considered a tool. Computers aid considerably in repetition, for which we are grateful, and they make certain arcane, curved geometry buildable. They do not replace intent, and most significantly, they do not replace craft.