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Constantin Cozma



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  • Comment on: Patrik Schumacher on parametricism - 'Let the style wars begin'

    Constantin Cozma's comment 22 May, 2010 1:12 pm

    First of all i think that most of the negative responses to this article came because of its title wich is a bit bombastic.

    Then, I would like to point out that there is a tendency for a misconception relating the formal result of a parametric design process. The fact that Mr Patrick Schumacher and Zaha Hadid are leaning towards organic, blob-like architectural shapes, does `nt mean it is the only aproach a parametric design should follow. With the appropriated constraints and algorithms you can obtain any kind of formal result including box-like shapes and straight paths and surfaces. However the true paradigm of this new technology and philosophy does not stand in the formal result as a "style" but in the whole process of developing a form as a result of different contextual and functional constraints.

    As a reference to this point of view i would like to emphasize the importance of "emergence" as a concept wich exists all over in nature. It is a property of simple, inividual elements/processes to asociate themselves and create complex and intelligent structures/behaviors (See the Swarm Intelligence concept) This behavior can be identified in the whole generative process of developing parametric shapes. Here, the form is the result of the cumulative processes.

    By saying this i dont want to be characterizes as being technofob nor technophil. I Try to always remain skeptical or at least ponderate and i want to ask you something:

    Isn`t this new contextual and parametric aproach a kind of neo-functionalism?
    Could it be be the implementation of the true concept of "form follows function" but above the formal ideology of modernism, instead as a form wich reacts parametrically to contextual, functional and cultural constraints?