Case Study : ' The Arch 321 Fall 2015 '

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Stephen Schwab Arch 321 Fall 2015 Morphosis | Thom Mayne “ When architects write about their work- and they probably shouldnt they are often quick to make distinctions between projects and buildings. Projects are incomplete schematic trapped in the midst of their production. They are often optimistic investigations that were it not for some undefined tragedies of reality, would be granted more pictures more words and a longer life. Buildings on the other hand, are finite resolved and liberated of all scars of production. projects are left to engage only other architects and students of architecture. Buildings have the opportunity to engage architects students and the public for whom it was ment and subsequent publics who could never…show more content…
But to really understand how these extremely complex spaces that they create and the reasoning behind them you need to look to morphosis beginnings. Thom Mayne, the founder of Morphosis had an early education in design and engineering and was taught in his early years of architecture studies to be more experimental and research-based. As in the Quote above by Thom Mayne, a lot of what allows morphosis to generate these complex forms is the process that every project goes through. In an Interview with Thom Mayne he stated that, for every project, he starts by asking a question and locating the problem. His next step is to find out what has already been thought out or immediately resolved. and what needs, to rely on other systems from structural to mechanical. Then the team develops rules for that particular situation. Instead of taking cultural context in a literal sense they capture the central force of site, condition and program and move forward with intermixing instinct and logic. Each of their project starts of as a seed that starts as a single idea or sketch and then goes through thousands of iterations and in later years when morphosis became a major supporter of Building Information Modeling these process led to many near complete rapid prototype iterations that could be parametrically iterated on, to speed up the process and allow more thought out and complex designs. “one defines or is defined” -- Thom Mayne “we do not aim at
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