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New Flatness: Surface Tension in Digital Architecture

Alicia Imperiale
Format
Book
Published
Basel ; Boston : Birkhäuser, ©2000.
Language
English
Series
The IT Revolution in Architecture
IT Revolution in Architecture
ISBN
0817660933, 9780817660932, 9783764362959, 3764362952, 3764360933, 9783764360931
Summary
"Recently, there has been a shift in emphasis to the articulation of topological surfaces in architecture. The use of NURBS-based computer animation programs such as Alias or Maya has had a liberating effect on the design process, allowing architects to work on topological surfaces with increasing levels of complexity. The Deleuzian focus on smooth spaces, seriality, and dynamic processes seems to have found its perfect foil in these programs. One should be cautious, however, in making reductive statements that would equate good design with complex form, or for that matter in denouncing sinuously curved architecture as merely a stylistic choice. It is not as simple as stating that there is an architecture of curved surfaces or an architecture of flat surfaces. One must be critical enough to separate how work performs on a conceptual level, on the one hand, and from an equivalency in its formal manifestation as developed through a certain instrumentality, on the other. Smooth exchange, flow, continuous surface - these are concepts that are ever-present in contemporary culture. They are issues that signal paradigmatic shifts of enormous import in the relationship between man and technology - which appears more and more to be one of dissolving distinction."--Jacket.
Description
93 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
Notes
  • Original ed.: Nuove bidimensionalità. Turin : Testi & Immagine, 2000. (Universale di architettura ; 86).
  • 0817660933 belongs to "Hyper arch-itecture ... / L. Prestinenza Puglisi."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 84-85).
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