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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a comparative outsider I can only offer that, while the growing panoply of offerings on sites like ArchDaily includes scads of large avant-garde public and
commercial structures which, soul-less or not, demonstrate the technical accomplishments in-office and onsite flourishing today, it is the small projects,
many in out-of-the-way locations, which hearten the lover of the art.

And among the residential designs, there are two classes: those built with more money than spirit, empty white boxes of ever-increasing technological
bravura, and the little works hidden in the woods and on mountainsides that actually possess life and the hope of better things to come...

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jay



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Algorithmic Design" seems like a perfect finale for postmodernism.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Unfortunately, while PoMo has left us in peace, AI is only getting started. Artificial Intelligence; doesn't the name just say it all ?

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peterm



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don’t think I’m afraid of technology, only man’s inability to catch up with and harness its possibilities.

Wright was forever experimenting with new technology, in unpredictable ways. In his time, it was mainly in the realm of materials. Now it exists in a more ethereal realm. It will take real sensitivity to sort it out in order to make it work for people.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps the real problem with algorithms and such is that digital technology (still in the jalopy stage) is in the hands of a world culture that is as analog as it was 10 to 12 thousand years ago.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope in humans springs eternal. There is, in fact, no law of nature which stipulates that man's ingenuity will only produce invention over which he retains full control...

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(... by power I really mean the purpose, organization and movement of money.)
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When venture capital can be raised for "disruptive enterprise" which destroys existing systems and doesn't make a profit yet is perceived to be worth billions...something might be amiss ?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is "magazine" that is ostensibly trying to slow things down.
At least this is their pitch:

https://divisare.com
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notice in the second photo how the lower step stops short of the wall of glass, providing an opportunity for a litigious guest to sprain an ankle.
Perhaps a sign should be posted: "CAUTION! Lead With Your Left Foot!"
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JimM



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
and the little works hidden in the woods and on mountainsides that actually possess life and the hope of better things to come...S


I absolutely agree, and as I said, there's a great deal of innovative work being done. I was just making the point about a lot of "the rest" which can be directly attributed to new technologies... not in of itself "bad", just a consequence, IMO.
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Tom



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of AlphaGo until this week.
Scroll down to read:

https://deepmind.com/research/alphago/


(I think film school might be what is needed to really be educated in architecture these days. Forget drawing)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If things keeps going this way, there will no longer be any reason for people to play go ... or chess, or mahjong, or any other game. Just get two computers together, press 'play,' and sit back and watch, or go to the kitchen for a snack.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because someone else plays better than I do, is no reason for me to give up a game I like to play (and no, I don't play Go---yet).

But I take your point...

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Tom



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AlphaGo Doc on Netflix:

https://www.netflix.com/title/80190844
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