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It is because the exploration of technology requires stafforganization and resource management. One extreme example isARIAP, where there are over 1000 staff in London alone and there is adepartment specialized in facade technology, etc. In SOM, technologyis also very important. How schools prepare students well enoughfor the real practice? Bernard Tschumi started a digital revolution atColumbia and it was more than 20 years ago, but in that case digitaltechnology was used primarily to generate new architectural formsThe consequence of new technology is supposed to be open, which is the idea of the generative process, but if it produces always the same kindof results, the generative process doesnt really work. If whenever digitalarchitecture is mentioned, one can imagine how its outcome looks like,it is problematic. Although Blob as a movement is history, the digitalinput in architecture is still that for many architects. Technically, I dontknow that much about computer, I know it can process a huge amountof information, which a human being is not able to do. For example,for the urban research of Beijing, how many layers of informationcould we have before? Now, we can have over 150 layers easily, whichis unthinkable without computer. Gehry Technologies makes a set ofconstruction documents as a 3D model, and whenever a bit change ismade, everything changes automatically. This is Building InformationModeling (BIM). It is not so much about architectural form. I think thisis very positive, and there is also digital fabrication.
Another interesting thing has to do with design in America. The Britishdesigner Terence Conran has brought modern design to the marketplaceafter WWII and was eventually knighted. Conran has many stores inEurope. When a New York branch of the Conran store was first open,few people would go there and it had to close down. Now in the 21stCentury, it has re-opened in the US and finally, it has some influence,which means design is not well appreciated in American society. In theUS, the successful example is Target store, where they sell designs byfamous designers, like Michael Graves, whose product design is betterthan his buildings, of course from my point of view.