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Can Parametric Design be Applied to Cities as well as Buildings?

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Parametric Urbanism Conference

If you’ve ever wondered about the digital design process underlying the curvilicious buildings that now dot our cityscapes by the likes of architects like Zaha Hadid, it is called Parametric Design. This is hard to define; one Liverpool University Grad, James Roberts, explains it as follows: “Parametric design revolves around a basic knowledge of geometry and relationships between entities. These properties can then be altered, …

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Eric Owen Moss, the Builder

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The architect Eric Owen Moss is well known as an artist-architect of highly idiosyncratic buildings, mostly in the Hayden Tract in Culver City. He’s also known as head of SCI-Arc and as a provocative and voluble speaker with a gift for a witty turn of phrase. What doesn’t get much attention is the nitty-gritty of how he gets his buildings built, or how he anticipates …

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The New Face of LA Policing; A Large House with a Small Footprint

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Today the City Council will confirm Charles Beck as new Chief of the LAPD. His ascent marks a continuation of the policing philosophy of “openness and transparency” initiated by previous Chief Bill Bratton, and that’s a philosophy that finds concrete manifestation in six new and replacement police precinct stations built with Prop Q money across Los Angeles. From classical style buildings that were, according to LA Noir …

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