PHILOSOPHY OF DESIGN
The Structural Engineer’s Role in Creating New Architecture
Ein Vortrag von William F. Baker
SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP
19.02.2020, 18:30 Uhr
Die Veranstaltung findet in den Räumlichkeiten von schlaich bergermann partner, Schwabstraße 43, Stuttgart, statt.
Eintritt frei, Vortrag findet auf Englisch statt
Designers should have a philosophy that guide them. This is particularly true today when we have tremendous computational power that allows designers to create and build projects that are beyond what was possible just a few years ago. Unfortunately, we often see buildings today that could be described as “excessive” or “irrationally exuberant”; whose existence is only possible because of today’s computers.
These sophisticated graphical and analytical tools enable designs that are often too complicated to be comprehended, even by the design team. Unlike their predecessors, whose limited computational ability dictated rational, regular structures, today’s designers are challenged to keep control over the design process, while utilizing computational power to its greatest advantage. This lecture will examine the need for a critical design dialogue about complexity in structure and architecture and the need for designs that are governed by rational thinking and careful refinement of a clear idea.
William F. Baker is a structural engineering partner at SOM where he has led the structural engineering practice for over 20 years. Since joining the firm in 1981, he has dedicated himself to extending the profession of structural engineering through design, research, teaching, and professional activities.
He is one of the leading structural
engineers of our generation. Baker was the principal engineer of many buildings including the Burj Khalifa (Dubai, 2004) and the Broadgate Exchange House (London, 1990) and can be considered as the
exponent of the innovative structural engineering tradition cultivated at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
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