Thinkers & Makers


Reflections on podcast of Thomas Heatherwick in ‘Dream Builders’, BBC Worldservice

How is it that in learning a furniture design course, you make furniture, in a glass design course, you make glass, in a fashion course, you make clothes, but in studying architecture, most people never make anything bigger than a small model? This is an issue raised by Thomas Heatherwick in the series  ‘Dream Builders’ on the BBC Worldservice:

Is Parametricism the Future?


A discussion using Patrik Schumacher’s Autopoieses of Architecture and Peter Buchanan’s article Empty Gestures.

Arguably the most dominant style of architecture today is parametricism. This is a form of design which uses computer algroithms to generate vast, complex, curving forms and has been made famous by architects such as Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. Patrik Schumacher proposes this to be the future of architecture and Peter Buchanan disagrees, I will discuss this question through their respective arguments.