September 17, 2012
“Parametricism” has become a byword of sorts for “indulgent” formmaking, or “form for form’s sake”. Yet inherent within parametric design is the ability to mass customize and localize individual components within the architectural form, thereby making more and more complex shapes that much easier to fabricate. This–the ability to increasingly realize complexity at architectural scales–is, no doubt, a significant development for the making and experiencing of architecture.
But fabrication is contingent on rapid-prototyping machines and their availability, which, more often than not, are out of reach to most architects and designers for extended periods of time. That’s the great thing about the GE Garages, a mobile lab that spreads the good news of rapid prototyping across the country. The lab arrives at New York’s STORY this October, and the GE Garages: Making Things Competition is giving you the chance to design the storefront window installation that will welcome the throngs of needy designers. And they’re giving you $20,000 to do it.
But hurry! The deadline for submissions is this Thursday, September 20 at 11:59 PM (EST). In the meantime, we thought we’d round up some great parametric projects–both interior installations and full-fledged pop-ups–that point to the future of architecture. Continue.