Back to The Future

Back to The Future

SHoP1_wormseye.jpgFrom The Architect’s Newspaper comes an article about how the next generation of architecture firms are not entirely foresaking computer, but combining their use with good-old fashioned fabrication. He profiles several firms that have physical workshops outfitted with tools like welders and chop saws which allow them to actually, you know, build stuff. Architect Gregg Pasquarelli was emphatic: “Our workshop is not just for models and representation, it is a design tool.”

The article is interesting, if very earnest (You know how earnest those architect sorts seem to be.) The clincher is ALL THE PRETTY PICTURES. Full color renderings, like the one pictured, from SHoP just make me swoon. I’m a simple girl, really.


Author William Menking writes that these new firms “embrace a working model that incorporates a workshop as an integral element of their design practice and philosophy. For such design/test/fabricate firms, the Eames studio in Los Angeles in the 1950s and the workshops of 19th century designer-builders are as influential as [virtual office tools like] CATIA” I love the idea of a hands-on approach, and let’s face it, power tools are sexy.