Author(s): Carlos L. Marcos & Elizabeth L. McCormick
The history of the built environment is quite extensive as building typologies have typically evolved slowly over time. However, the International Style inflicted a ubiquitous architecture indiscriminately across the globe, forever changing the urban skyline. Separating the occupant from the outdoors while also deploying uniform, anonymous styles around the globe, modernism cast on the dweller a certain sense of placelessness. Growing environmental concern and the impact that architecture may have as negative side effects was not part of the modernist agenda, at least not in the way we understand it now. In the last three decades, the advent of digital tools in architectural design has produced a profound impact on architectural language. It is not a mere change in the way architects think or design architecture, it entails a significant transformation of the discipline in various groundbreaking aspects which affect the whole creative and materialization processes. Digital culture in architecture entails a shift of paradigm that goes beyond the tool to modify the conception, the design process together with the project’s own materialization. The question is then, in relation to this research, how can digitally disruptive architecture contribute to rethink the idea of critical regionalism in response to façade design and climatic conditions?