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Parquet Floors: The Natures that Architecture Imitates

Parquet Floors: The Natures that Architecture Imitates The 1980s saw a bringing together of the digital and the material in architecture: architects looking at computers looking at nature. For some of these, particularly those attached to the academy, the properties of matter exposed by digital tools revealed formal possibilities. However, this was only one version of nature-as-model-for-digital-design. There was an older, and by the 1990s more widespread, interest in performative aspects of nature: its generative operations (evolutionary architecture) and its measurable behaviors (environmental design). This text is a series of interrelated “snapshots” reflecting on the relationships between architecture, the digital and nature. Rather than a linear essay, and in keeping with Architecture and Culture’s interest in experimentation, the text is a series of interrelated pieces - of a floor, perhaps, a conceptual footing. They are intended to encourage further/counter thoughts in the reader by reflecting in a highly condensed form on some of the new relationships between architecture/urbanism and materiality/nature within ecological narratives. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Parquet Floors: The Natures that Architecture Imitates

Architecture and Culture , Volume 2 (2): 12 – Jul 1, 2014

Parquet Floors: The Natures that Architecture Imitates

Architecture and Culture , Volume 2 (2): 12 – Jul 1, 2014

Abstract

The 1980s saw a bringing together of the digital and the material in architecture: architects looking at computers looking at nature. For some of these, particularly those attached to the academy, the properties of matter exposed by digital tools revealed formal possibilities. However, this was only one version of nature-as-model-for-digital-design. There was an older, and by the 1990s more widespread, interest in performative aspects of nature: its generative operations (evolutionary architecture) and its measurable behaviors (environmental design). This text is a series of interrelated “snapshots” reflecting on the relationships between architecture, the digital and nature. Rather than a linear essay, and in keeping with Architecture and Culture’s interest in experimentation, the text is a series of interrelated pieces - of a floor, perhaps, a conceptual footing. They are intended to encourage further/counter thoughts in the reader by reflecting in a highly condensed form on some of the new relationships between architecture/urbanism and materiality/nature within ecological narratives.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.2752/205078214X14030010182100
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Abstract

The 1980s saw a bringing together of the digital and the material in architecture: architects looking at computers looking at nature. For some of these, particularly those attached to the academy, the properties of matter exposed by digital tools revealed formal possibilities. However, this was only one version of nature-as-model-for-digital-design. There was an older, and by the 1990s more widespread, interest in performative aspects of nature: its generative operations (evolutionary architecture) and its measurable behaviors (environmental design). This text is a series of interrelated “snapshots” reflecting on the relationships between architecture, the digital and nature. Rather than a linear essay, and in keeping with Architecture and Culture’s interest in experimentation, the text is a series of interrelated pieces - of a floor, perhaps, a conceptual footing. They are intended to encourage further/counter thoughts in the reader by reflecting in a highly condensed form on some of the new relationships between architecture/urbanism and materiality/nature within ecological narratives.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 1, 2014

Keywords: architecture; design; digital; ecology; environment; matter; materialism; nature

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