Derek Kaplan discusses the role of patterning in contemporary design through the lens of Islamic architecture, "With this current resurgence of surface articulation comes a renewed value in revisiting historical examples from veins of architecture that have previously pursued this line of development, with Islamic architecture being particularly relevant due to its avoidance of representational iconography in favor of highly sophisticated geometry and pattern. Read the article on archinect.
The development of specialized treatments of concrete and glass, customization through digital fabrication, and parametric design tools have brought about a contemporary resurgence of surface articulation, reopening the general issue of surface composition as a “legitimate” aspect of design, after almost a century of (near) omission by modernism. A wide variety of firms, among them Zaha Hadid (Patrik Schumacher), Herzog and de Meuron, Weil Arets, Aranda\Lasch and Foreign Office Architects, have been reintroducing this aspect of design -- most notably the last, which in addition to built work, Farshid Mousavi’s The Function of Ornament includes surface articulation as part of its theoretical explorations. Read the rest of the article on archinect.
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