In the theory of Autopoiesis of Architecture, Patrik Schumacher categorizes styles to epochal, subsidiary and transitional styles. He looks back through history and aligns the epochal styles of architect with socio-economic epoch, mainly based on Niklas Luhmann’s theory. Four major epochal styles are distinguished, as Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism/Historicism and Modernism. Patrik argues here that Parametrism will be the fifth epochal styles of 21st century in architectural history. Parametrism is a solution to organise and articulate the increased complexity of post-fordist network society. It has a series of new concepts and methods, which are different from repertoire of traditional or modern architecture, that one is justified to speak of the emergence of a new paradigm within architecture.
Parametrism has been explored through the world network researchers for over 30 years. It is maturing through a whole series of successful, high profile research and built projects on all scales and across many programmes. The concept of parametrism as an unified style of 21st century, initially as a unified avant-garde design research programme, and eventually as a unified system of principles, ambitions and values that constitute global best practice.
Parametricism – The Parametric Paradigm and the Formation of a new Style
Published in: Time + Architecture, 2012/5, China
Extracts from: ‘The Autopoiesis of Architecture Volume 2 – A New Agenda for Architecture’, John Wiley & Sons, March 2012
By Patric SCHUMACHER
Translated by ZHANG Suojiong, LUO Dan
Proofread by GUO Lei
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