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  • br Just there just then just that I say


    Just there just then just that I say no to columns, beams, doors and windows from a standard catalog. Instead of making a tasteful selection from the building catalog and becoming a elitist connaisseur of high culture, I am in favor of designing and building project specific building components, for every new building a new consistent set of interlocking building components. It requires no further explanation that the giant door in the WEB of NH, which is basically a cut-out of the building body, is a door in the WEB of NH only. It cannot be applied in any other design; it Exendin-3 (9-39) amide belongs there, does not fit anywhere else, it forms the intrinsic part of that design. Just there, just then, just that. It is the logical consequence of mass customization that an end product like a door from the standard catalog will not fit anywhere in the body. In this context I must seriously criticize the buildings of Gehry. From a distance one would be tempted to see them as sculpture buildings, but at closer investigation they are not like that at all. All Gehry´s designs are based on traditional spatial planning, like arranging box-like spaces and wrapping them in the upper floor levels with a decomposed arrangement of loose fragments. Doors, windows, and entrances are as traditional as ever, 100% based on the technology and esthetics of mass production. There is nothing nonstandard about it. Gehry as many of his peers has not been willing to loosen the strings to the traditional building industry; they always rely on stylish catalog products for the majority of their buildings components. They still consider mass production as beautiful. Even when the exteriors of their designs use the metaphor of the nonstandard, their insides are full of column grids, beams, doors, walls and windows, all straight from the catalog. They mistake the complicated for the complex. Decon designs are complicated indeed; they need a stack of different details while nonstandard architecture is complex, based on one or only a few different details, all members of a parametric family. Decon modernist building logic is typically wasting its resources, while nonstandard logic is exploiting resources in a more efficient way. Decon modernist style relies on mass production, nonstandard on industrial customization. The essence of the nonstandard is that each and every building component is precisely defined in the design stage, CNC produced, and hence in principle unique in its shape and dimensions. Each building component possesses a unique number to be addressed by the design and engineering scripts. A building component typically is defined as a 3D parametric component that lives in a spatial relationship toward its neighboring components. Just to remind you, the information that is contained in a 2D drawing can by definition not give you such information, since the drawing does not refer to components at all, but only to their 2D “flatland” shadows of their 3D genetic information (Fig. 8).
    Chicken and egg
    New role of the nonstandard architect