Manufacturing surface effects

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The paper examines the newfound capacity to digitally design and manufacture highly crafted material and surface effects. It traces an emerging trajectory in contemporary architecture aimed at the decorative effects of digitally crafted surface patterns and textures, as a potential return to ornamentation in architecture. It surveys practices whose approach to form and pattern varies from the "ornamented minimalism" of Herzog and de Meuron to the "expressive exuberance" of Greg Lynn. The paper also describes the different digital modes of material production aimed at particular surface effects, as in series of panels with repetitive, yet unique decorative relief or cutout patterns, striated surface configurations, etc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSynthetic Landscapes - ACADIA 2006 International Conference
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventSynthetic Landscapes - ACADIA 2006 International Conference - Louisville, KY, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2006Oct 15 2006

Publication series

NameSynthetic Landscapes - ACADIA 2006 International Conference


OtherSynthetic Landscapes - ACADIA 2006 International Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLouisville, KY

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software


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