Versioning: Evolutionary Techniques in Architecture

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Wiley, Jan 7, 2003 - Architecture - 128 pages
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‘Versioning’ is a new term coined by the award-winning, young New York practice SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli to represent an entirely new model for architectural practice. As digital, or ‘blob’, architecture has become the received aesthetic for experimental architects, SHoP is spearheading a new generation that is actively questioning and stretching the established applications of electronic media. Having surpassed the current obsession with computer-aided imagery, the partners are taking on the real design and construction challenges posed by the digital age.

Intent on exploring the computer’s capabilities for changing design processes in the act of making, SHoP uses versioning to describe the significant shift in the way technology is being applied to expand, in time as well as in territory, the potential effects of design. This requires rethinking the design process in terms of procedure and outcome in ways that are totally unprecedented in both the construction industry and conventional design methodologies. It also has far-reaching implications on the entire design process and existing design/production partnerships. For this reason, SHoP has asked contributors from very different disciplines to participate in this title, drawing on those engaged at the cutting-edge in product design, product manufacture, engineering and cultural theory, as well as those in architecture. (There is also a preface by Michael Speaks and an interview with Bernard Tschumi.) In effect, versioning advocates that emerging technology becomes the catalyst that redefines both theory and practice equally, completely changing the trajectory of the avant-garde from text and image to space and effect.

Rick Joy

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SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli

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