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Towards A New Vision: PA Interviews Architects About the Future of Architecture

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Current pandemic has indeed taken a toll on all our lives. It has enabled everyone to reach out and connect in various ways, mostly through the internet. Architects are incessantly being bombarded to unlock and initiate fresh perspectives of our upcoming future. ParametricArchitecture has been at the forefront of innovation while using a mindful and purposeful approach and actions that trigger and emerge new trends into the field of architecture.

How will humanity sustain, secure and flourish to transcend beyond more than being human; to become more defined and thoughtful as a species. The future of architecture is always a question that requires an iterative tweaking, as all life on our planet treads through new grounds every moment. Discover the interviews from ParametricArchitecture’s archived YouTube playlists that will mark the enlightening vision of these eminent personalities in the field of architecture.

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Peter Eisenman, Architect, Educator and Founder of Eisenman Architects, talks about the history of computation and how algorithms were created. The idea of how computers have transformed the way we approach design and data. Peter shares his ideas and how they break down scenarios with his collaborators and other professionals while working on a design project.

Architecture as a resistant form and what role do architects have globally and what does the historical lineage of architects show us? The legendary master architect Peter Eisenmann explains about the philosophies and the perspectives behind the architects we see today and the values we have to imbibe from the past, and then conjure our vision to see the new future.

Patrik Schumacher, Architect, Theorist and Principal Architect of Zaha Hadid Architects, explores the stream of Architecture and the versatile nature of this profession. He believes in the motto of ‘Theory, Practice & Business’ that defines the rules of today.

He shares his early days where he began studying philosophy before coming into practice and then falling in attraction with computation. The stories from 1988, the beginnings of ZHA and their working patterns are discussed by Patrik in great detail. ‘Parametricism’, ‘Tectonism’, ‘Robotics’ and many other principles are brought to light by Patrik’s words.

Richard Hassell Architect, Co-Founder of WOHA, talks about his initial days, why and how he stepped into the architecture field. After he started his collaboration with Wong Mun Summ, they set up their architectural practise in Singapore in 1994. He had the opportunity to change things and visualize fresh perspectives of environment and social principles.

Richard shares his vision of how the world would be after this pandemic, how the world will see working in offices and coming together. Public and housing projects are discussed in much depth, characterized by which factors that get focused and what influences drive them to adapt to green and sustainability in their concepts and shares many more exciting facets of design.

Moshe Safdie, Architect, Urbanist, Educator and Founder of Safdie Architects began his journey from Israel, stepping into the world of architecture was a boon for this man as his exceptional thesis on three-dimensional housing made the breakthrough and brought fame to this legend. He says the world has become surprisingly efficient due to this pandemic, although there are other difficulties.

Safdie believes that this pandemic will enable us to reinforce our convictions. Safdie shares how he sees big projects and how they break down large scales into individual experiences. How to create intimacy, how to open views and bring nature into the experience and how to bring public activities into the spaces are the major factors that define a design. Safdie talks about his vision of a future city as a massive layout of an interconnected network.

Melike Altinisik, Architect, Designer, Educator, Speaker, Founder & Principal Architect of Melike Altinisik Architects, engages in telling her journey through studies of architecture and working with Zaha Hadid Architects in her initial days to later opening her own studio, the MAA. She tells about the current scenario how this pandemic has made them shift their working to home.

The digital world is a great boon for the team to connect, share and work together, yet she still touches on the office environment and why it’s essential to see your colleagues and clients face to face. She talks about how we have to adapt to the new world and take things positively and believe in the greater good. Her designs are unique and awe-inspiring; she explains in-depth about their approach and design style to always think about the future.

Istanbul TV & Radio Tower is one of her upcoming work that deserves much appreciation, and she talks in great enthusiasm about its design and construction. She discusses many more on working with advanced softwares and how her projects stand apart in their vision and grandness, lifting from the usual structural outlook to evolve, functionalize and integrate spatial awareness.

Sanjay Puri, Architect, Speaker, Principal Architect of Sanjay Puri Architects, talks about his beginning and how he stepped into architecture. How the legendary book ‘Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand inspired him to take the profession. He shares his experiences of joining Hafiz Contractor, that gave him the taste of the field before enrolling into the architecture school.

He gives insights into the architecture of India, how traditional architecture is seen in the contemporary architectural concepts and approach. He shares his belief on why sketching is the fastest way to transfer ideas and thoughts onto paper. He talks about Indian cities and how the culture and traditions have set up a brilliance in their making.

Ma Yansong, Architect, Educator, Founder & Principal Architect of MAD Architects, talks about how he started his architecture firm. His passion for sketching was his first step into the field of design. Ma’s love for films is catapulted into every design he derives with storylines and narratives. The continuous discovery of yourself is what drives Ma Yasong to explore different possibilities in architecture and design.

Ma shares how the pandemic has affected their associations and how the office works with people from different country and time zones. He believes the virus to be healing the earth, and it’s the cause of humanity’s action that will be restored in time. Ma talks about different projects and how they approach and define organic shapes, curves and forms. His designs infuse a poetic character that brings a specific valued spiritual connection between the design, nature and the scene.

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