Contemporary processes in architecture

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Wiley-Academy, Nov 1, 2000 - Architecture - 112 pages
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Yesterdays working methods are no longer adequate for architectural practice. The neo-avant-garde architects are now arguing for contemporary processes that are as dynamic and fluid as the way we live and think, with the same intensity as such intangible forces as the global market and the Internet. For any process to be truly creative in the generative sense, we must condition an environment where new rules engage and inspire us. Models of design need to be created that are capable of consistently transforming and evolving, keeping pace with todays rate of change

This issue of Architectural Design explores how contemporary processes, in the pursuit of creativity and fluidity, have become more abstract and experimental, attempting to overcome the pragmatic determinism attributed to more conventional working methods. It explores the work of architects who design with generative potentials, force fields and conceptual diagrams developed with the aid of high-end computer software packages. Through elucidating texts and the potent imagery of process – many of the projects are illustrated stage by stage – it effectively promises that a revolution is about to happen in the production of architectural design

Ben van Berkel of UN Studio

James Corner

Ed Kelle

Kolatan/MacDonald Studi


Oliver Lan

Greg Lyn

Enrique Norte


Reiser + Umemoto

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Hina Jamelle is an architect and co-director of Contemporary Architecture Practice in New York ( Prior to joining the practice in 2002 she was a client partner at Razorfish, a digital media consulting company. She teaches graduate architecture studios at the Pratt Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, and previously taught at the University of Michigan. Contemporary Architecture Practice's projects include a wide range and scales of work from product design to high-rises. Its work was most recently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and the Entry 2006 Expo in Essen, Germany. Past exhibition venues include Artists Space, New York, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the London and Shanghai Architectural Biennales in 2005 and 2006.

Ali Rahim is an architect, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, visiting professor at Harvard University, and the 2007 Louis I Khan Visiting Professor at Yale. He is the co-director at Contemporary Architecture Practice, New York (, which has established an award-winning profile in futuristic work using digital design and production techniques. Books include "Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design" (Taylor & Francis, 2005), "Contemporary Techniques in Architecture" (Wiley-Academy, 2002) and "AD Contemporary Processes in Architecture" (Wiley-Academy, 2000). Contemporary Architecture Practice's projects have been published extensively in the international press including "Der Spiegel," the "New York Times" and the "Independent" in London. Its work has also been selected in "10x10_2" (Phaidon Press, 2005), and for "Architectural Record's" Design Vanguard2004 as one of 11 architectural practices worldwide 'building the future of architecture'.

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