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See detailInfluence of parametric tools on the complexity of architectural design in everyday work os SME's
Stals, Adeline ULiege; Jancart, Sylvie ULiege; Elsen, Catherine ULiege

in Archnet-IJAR (2018), 12(3), 206-227

Digital design tools and notably parametric ones have generated profound modifications of the architectural practice. In line with this evolution, technological and formal changes at the scale of ... [more ▼]

Digital design tools and notably parametric ones have generated profound modifications of the architectural practice. In line with this evolution, technological and formal changes at the scale of architectural artifacts are underway, leading to a shift especially in regard of how architects deal on an everyday basis with CAD and morphological complexities. Big offices, thanks to their human and financial resources, have faced these difficulties and pushed the limits of their architectural projects. Little is known, however, about how smaller offices, accounting for the largest part of the European market, did adapt to these profound evolutions. Going through the results of a large-scale online survey, this paper analyzes the Belgian case regrouping mostly small and medium offices. The contribution discusses the meaning of parametric design for architects and reflects particularly on how architects do or do not implement these new digital tools in their everyday workflows. The results eventually shed light on the fact that parametric tools have the potential to free the creativity of SME’s and moreover unveil how these tools might overcome some of the current complexities of the daily architectural practice. [less ▲]

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See detailOlympic Stadium Design: Past Achievements And Future Challenges
Kiuri, Miranda ULiege; Reiter, Sigrid ULiege

in Archnet-IJAR (2013), 7(2), 102-117

This article aims to show how the cultural potential of the Olympic stadium can offer new possibilities for its space and its use in relation to the city. The approach considers the UNESCO WCH and the ... [more ▼]

This article aims to show how the cultural potential of the Olympic stadium can offer new possibilities for its space and its use in relation to the city. The approach considers the UNESCO WCH and the Granada Convention criteria for highlighting three specific aspects of its design: innovation through architecture and technologies; influence on the urban environment; role as a cultural space and as part of a cultural territory. The article helps to better define the cultural heritage significance of those emblematic stadiums. [less ▲]

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