Duel + Duet: Patrik Schumacher and Tom Wiscombe
SCI-Arc, April 2016
Tom Wiscombe debates with Patrik Schumacher on the ideas of conduits vs terminals- parts vs flows- and a flat ontology vs parametricism. Patrik Schumacher stresses how parametric design not only produces highly efficient buildings in terms of structure- materials and functionality- but also generates vital but coherent urban spaces. Tom Wiscombe argues- in contrast- that the task of architecture is to create something so alien that it cannot be consumed. He argues for a flat ontology- against hierarchical or sequential organization- and proposes deeper engagement with the architectural detail.