Transformations in Architecture: Do They Outline a New Paradigm in Urban Landscaping?

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In our digital epoch and information society current thinking and research in archi tecture seems to be significantly transformed. The digital means and digital architec ture, do not only reveal a different way of representation, but further more a different way of thinking, generating and materializing space and form. These new concepts, techniques and processes of design break the existing codes of modern architecture and introduce new ones. In search for a unifying architectural discourse, this paper examines three aspects of recent and current projects, which overturn previous morphology. Namely: topography -i.e. the relationship between the building and its site, the surfaces –i.e. the visible skin of the buildings, and hyper-projects –i.e. these hybrid mega structures, which mix private and public urban life. In terms of topography the surface of the earth seems to move and extend itself in complex curvatures through buildings. These complex geometries, borrowed from physics, supersede the customary distinction between object (building) and site. As far as surfaces are concerned, the old dialectics between supports and weights are aban doned for continuous surfaces that are folded, curved, or layered. Finally, recent hyper-projects form a kind of paradigm of the metropolis itself, superseding the old distinction between private and public space. These architectural metamorphoses, point to a new paradigm shift.


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