Parametricism refers directly to a new set of tools which has been developed in recent years and became more user friendly with the Grasshopper plugin for Rhinoceros. For the purists, parametric will only refer to a specific mathematical equation. It is very surprising that an Architect would write a manifesto based on a tool. Should we also talk about "Tracingpaperism" or even "Autocadism" throughout architectural history? Computers in general or more specifically parametric software or even computer programming made our lives as architects much easier: We can now change an entire set of drawings with a simple click. These tools liberated forms which would have been so painful to build in the past.
Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid did not start their careers on computers even though they both revolutionized its use in Architecture. Both of them had a vision of what architecture could be. In a simplistic manner, Gehry wanted to build a giant fish and Hadid said no to the straight angles. Computers resolved both of these desires and created an extraordinary potential for young architects like me who also have wild dreams. Nevertheless I do not want to lock myself into a box which is basically a tool which will be outdated in little time.
Mister Schumacher, why is there a need to create a new Manifesto?
Have Architect not hurt themselves enough with other ...ists?
Many thanks for a great debate,