Imaging Computerization: Scripting and Animation as Process and Product
Ambrose, Michael A
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Computation as both method and aesthetic is applied to the architectural design process at multiple scales. This enables complex, performative, and specific solutions uniquely relevant to emerging models for fabrication and construction. Formal and spatial manipulation of architectural envelope, skin, volume and structure occurs indirectly via the design of geometric algorithms. Relationships are both amplified and collapsed together in the manifestation of the design for NASA administrative headquarters in Washington, DC. Process and product merge to create a language of effects. Animation methodology represents parametric relationships while reflecting the realties of perception of time and space. Usage requirements and site conditions are fuel for the inherently cyclical process. NASA's shifting mission, agenda and values are branded non-verbally through the expression and explicit exploitation of both glaringly broad and obscurely minute requirements that through the medium by which they are applied have additional meaning.