One of the most influential branches of architecture in the last 15 years is "blobitecture," which produces futuristic (often blob-like) forms using cutting edge technology. One of its patrons, Jan Kaplický just passed. Before founding his own firm, Future Systems, Kaplický collaborated with Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. Those two eventually outshone him, but Kaplický set the stage for what came after, relentlessly arguing for organic-inspired architecture.
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During the late 50′s and 60′s, biomorphic design took over homes everywhere with its blobby, soft forms and rounded edges, only to be quashed by the hard shapes and blunt, straight lines of the sleek 70′s. Fast forward to the current design crisis (har har), which endlessly recycles past trends to form a patchwork pastiche of eclectic styles. Translation: ain’t nothing new under the sun. So it should come as no surprise that the blob is back, in all its space age, plasticized glory.
It has been said that despite the emphasis on variation, blob designs all look the same, and that blob designers haven't fully reckoned with the realities of construction. [This work is] a genuine mutation, a natural response to the displacement of bricks and mortar by virtual space. It is not possible, at this point, to know where this response might lead. But [Greg] Lynn is encouraging his students to emulate nature: to throw a bunch of combinations out there with the expectation that some of them will survive and mutate further in an environment that is also rapidly evolving.
When architecture critic Reed Kroloff saw earl examples of the organically globular structures […] he recognized a new genre aborning and christened it "blobitecture." The computer-generated, digitally evolved structures of this new genre were "lees built than born," observed Mark Dery in I.D. magazine. The architect-theorist most closely identified with the new genre, Greg Lynn, called his work "blob architecture" and talked about "the evolution of a form and its shaping forces."
In 1993, the first blobitecture building was erected: the Water Pavilion in the Netherlands, which was completely designed in CAD. Other large-scale projects followed in rapid succession, the most well-known of which is likely the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. This museum, located in Bilbao, Spain, was designed by renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. [...] The United States has its own 'blobitecture' buildings. Seattle has the Experience Music Project museum, another Gehry-designed building
...three architects whose computer-driven approach was, at the time, associated with Columbia’s paperless studios: Greg Lynn, Michael McInturf, and Douglas Garofalo. They had designed a strangely shaped church for a Korean con gregation in Queens, and they insisted that they didn’t start out with a particular aesthetic in mind but rather fed data about the building’s requirements into a computer, using software that responded to the data by drawing rounded shapes. At the time, this approach was characterized as “blob” architecture.
Using computer software it is now possible, by manipulating vector and grids, to create forms that are more flexible, amorphous, supple, fluid, incomplete, non-ideal and pliable than ever before. Blobitecture brings us closer to organic shapes. Vitrivius and the Greeks called the body 'the measure of all things' and made it the standard for architecture. With blobitecture, this is becoming a more realistic idea.
Architecture was previously limited by known support structures--think arches, post and lintel structures, suspension, etc... but now architects can literally build in any shape they want. Add to this the technology of extremely pliable and flexible building materials and you get blobitecture.
Blobitecture or blob-ism is a term for an architectural movement in which buildings have organic, amoeba shaped bulging forms. Blobitecture structures are usually buildings such as theaters, museums, or tourist attractions; constructed using glass and steel.