Is 'Parametricism' the Sustainable Style of the Future?

Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects argues that the unified style of architecture for the 21st century will be 'parametricism'.
May 7, 2010, 5am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Schumacher says that architectural style cannot be defined by appearance alone.

He writes, "A new style in architecture and design is akin to a new paradigm in science; it redefines the fundamental categories, purposes and methods of a coherent collective endeavour. "

Parametricism, he argues, has been a consistent, collective endeavor for over 10 years.

From Schumacher's definition of parametricism: "Instead of classical and modern reliance on rigid geometrical figures – rectangles, cubes, cylinders, pyramids and spheres – the new primitives of parametricism are animate geometrical entities – splines, nurbs and subdivs."

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Published on Thursday, May 6, 2010 in The Architect's Journal
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