Oculus - Winter 2015 - (Page 11)
Letter from the editor
Letter from a Luddite
©Sam Lahoz, digitized by K+G Panic Graphics
was tempted to leave the rest of this page blank. Approaching this issue brought
out technophobias I didn't know I had. Of course, I know about the digital
world and its ever-growing influence on architecture and all things design. I know
the names of the programs, apps, and systems, and what they're used for and why.
But I didn't understand how they work. Not that I really do now, but I know a lot
more, and the phobias have retreated. Pulling this issue together put me on a fasttrack learning curve, which turned out to be great fun.
We are delighted that Troy Conrad Therrien, curator, Architecture and
Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Museum, accepted our invitation to pen
the Opener. He seemed a natural choice, after overseeing the Guggenheim's
"Åzone Futures Market" online exhibition, and the Åzone Terminal currently
installed at the Center for Architecture at the Seaport until the end of the year.
The academic-corporate incubator The Bridge at Cornell Tech will not only
connect students, academics, and infotech businesses, but also help integrate
Roosevelt Island into the city. Project Soane has architects worldwide working
to restore Soane's legendary Bank of England - virtually. A high-tech approach
creates a 21st-century building in SoHo that echoes the neighborhood's 19thcentury past with a contemporary twist. A small firm takes matters - and
technology - into its own hands for big results. Two takes on how Big Data and
technology are reshaping architecture. An architecture firm launches a research
arm that uses geospatial and visualization technologies to help human rights
groups around the world. And finally, a look at how drawing with digital tools is
no less liberating than using pen and ink.
In our regular departments, "One Block Over" gives us a bit of respite
from technology overload with a look at how The Battery has rebounded from
Superstorm Sandy to become a major waterfront oasis. IBM's 1964 World's
Fair pavilion, the focus of "51-Year Watch," showed off the era's cutting-edge
computer technology within a gigantic Selectric typewriter ball. And "In Print"
cheers a collection of essays by Rybczynski and a "sumptuous" history of the
legendary Dakota apartment building, among others.
Once, not long ago, "grasshopper" was an insect that chirps cheerfully on
summer nights, "rhino" was an endangered animal, and "rev it" is what the
mechanic would tell me to do when he was tuning my car's engine. Now, their
namesakes are allowing architects and designers to create marvels only dreamt
of, not that long ago.
Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA
Correction: In the Fall 2015 issue "Home Game," page 28, BanG studio should have been credited for
the design of the residential portion of City Point's Tower 1.
Reinventing Architecture: Design in a Digital World
Winter 2015 Oculus
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2015
First Words Letter from Two Presidents
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Practical Attitudes
ICE in the River: Cornell Tech’s Center of Connectivity
Restoring – At Least Virtually – One of England’s Greatest Lost Buildings
At the Corner of Past and Present
The Design-Fabrication Dynamic
How Big Data is Reshaping Architecture
Architecture at the Digital Edge
3D for the Defense
Thinking Beyond the Flat Page
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Winter 2015
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