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conspicuously digital

by Nathan Goldman
“When steel came in to architecture in New York, they tended to use it to make buildings go up, but they didn’t know what to make them look like,” he says. "So they took the basic maison—or a house, the ground floor—then they made the premier étage—the first floor—fancy. And then where there would be one or two stories and then a roof of the pediment, they stretched that to 30 stories. So if you think about all those buildings right around the turn of the century that are starting to use steel, they’re all the same. They’ve got a couple of fancy floors, they’ve then got brick for 30 floors and then they’ve got a roof. It’s like you want to… Read more

“When steel came in to architecture in New York, they tended to use it to make buildings go up, but they didn’t know what to make them look like,” he says. "So they took the basic maison—or a house, the ground floor—then they made the premier étage—the first floor—fancy. And then where there would be one or two stories and then a roof of the pediment, they stretched that to 30 stories. So if you think about all those buildings right around the turn of the century that are starting to use steel, they’re all the same. They’ve got a couple of fancy floors, they’ve then got brick for 30 floors and then they’ve got a roof. It’s like you want to slice 18 of the 20 floors out, drop it down and you’ve got a house, right?

“Whereas in Chicago and the Chicago school of architecture, they said, ‘No,’ that the structural technology should dictate—i.e. its function, to make a building tall—should dictate its form. And so the first building that really looks like a skyscraper, that is the first tall building in form, is the Monadnock Building in Chicago … I apply that analogy to digital because I want to find my aesthetic in digital. I don’t want to use digital to make it look like I’m shooting photochemical. I want to find and derive an aesthetic from what the technology can really do.” – Michael Mann

these are just some examples that come to my mind, not really exhaustive. i’m probably not actually a good person to be making this list, i have very little technical knowledge

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