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PLAYING THE FIELD: COMPUTATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AND ABSTRACT PAINTING

IT’S BEEN A WHILE since architects talked about paintings. The long relationship between the two disciplines—one that ran from their premodern symbiosis through modern architecture’s entanglements with Purism, Constructivism, and De Stijl up to postmodernism’s fascination with Pop—has come undone. The legend of Le Corbusier painting in the morning and practicing architecture in the afternoon is no longer a disciplinary model but a historical curiosity. It is no coincidence that this parting of ways over the past two decades has occurred as architects have largely replaced physical drawing and modeling with computational representations, so that today younger architects can be found practicing architecture during the day and coding until the early morning.

For fifty years, research in architecture and related disciplines has pursued, and increasingly realized, a vision of a design

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