This quite messy post is a reaction to the discussion of parametric design and computational methods in design and engineering with my roommate – an aerospace engineer..

Progressive architecture is pretty much engaged with higher mathematics and geometry (check out the geometry, space, structure blog). In fact, this has always been the case – architecture has constantly been engaged with what was then “higher” mathematics and geometry. However, we might argue that now this engagement has entered a completely different level. Architecture is a way of thinking and a way of interpreting the 3D world. Therefore, it could be applied to all sorts of fields..

Where are the breakthroughs?  Burning water! Breakthroughs in engines and energy. A new type of engine, using synthesis/harvesting energy, as a contrast to the combustion engine, which uses destruction – explosion – as a main principle, and still looses 60% of all its produce. You can upgrade the combustion engine as much as you want, but it is still a combustion engine, still using oil as major fuel source, still remarkably ineffective. Where is the breakthrough? A mystery of the UFO engine remains. How do UFOs fly? (even, if there is no thing as a UFO), how do they fly without emissions and noise? How do you make things fly without emissions or noise? What type of energy do they use and how? How can this energy be used to power cities? Would it enable us to build energy-plants in cities’ downtowns without any harm or danger? The Tesla coil effect? What else?

Structural optimization. When do we start to see architecture structured according to these principled on a massive scale? It is better – why don’t we use it then?

In the computer world, you can increase the Gb RAM as  much as you want, but it is still the good old microchip.. No revolution. We need a revolutionary new technology to actually evolve further.

A life-long question of revolution vs. evolution? Which one is predominant?

Well, we’ll see…

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