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A VIRTUAL REALITY: THE LEGACY OF DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE

SOME FOUR YEARS AGO I was standing on the terrace of the Art and Architecture Building at Yale University when I witnessed a remarkable exchange between Patrik Schumacher, architect Zaha Hadid’s principal collaborator, and Charles Jencks, the architect and writer who pioneered architectural postmodernism. No doubt referencing the latter’s pivotal role during the 1970s in championing the new architectural language of ornamentation and references to historical styles, Schumacher pointed at his computer-designed Nike watch, saying: “This is the future.” Then, looking up, he pointed at Jencks and said, “You are the past.” With that, he encapsulated the position architects enamored of the wonders of computing have held for two decades: that emerging technology was going to bring us into an unprecedented era of swerving, curving forms, freed from the need for the columns and beams that had held

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