Design in this Performative Age.
A sleek, star-kissing building is no longer enough to dazzle clients and public officials. Towers in the 21st century are redefining themselves as high-performance machines, harvesting energy rather than guzzling it. Sustainability is big business, and some observers point to this as the Performative Age, in which big data and big software can track and analyze how well each square inch of a building pushes environmental, structural, and material standards of excellence to new heights. Literally.
The reason tall buildings look the way they do these days (think more Aqua and less Seagram) is because—to reverse Louis Sullivan’s dictum—function follows form, or, a building must be designed well first to function efficiently later. Building operations aside, what we’re left with is a form that’s shapely, often biomorphic, and unlike anything else around them. “Algorithms can optimize performance criteria while presenting a dizzying array of visual forms and patterns,” wrote Johnson Fain principal Scott Johnson, FAIA, author of Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now (Balcony Press, 2014) in a July Design Bureau article. And, it raises the question: Algorithms make buildings, certainly, but do they make architecture?
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