Zaha Hadid’s Successor Patrick Schumacher Discusses Parametricism in Architecture and Fashion

Images by: Virgile Simon Bertrand, Owencn_95, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects, Thomas Mayer, Khoo Guo Jie

Images by: Virgile Simon Bertrand, Owencn_95, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects, Thomas Mayer, Khoo Guo Jie

As Zaha Hadid‘s successor and current leader of the firm, Schumacher relays a host of opinions, including those on parametricism, which he deems the “architectural style of capitalism.” The term describes the avant-garde practice that uses digital animation to create equations for designs. Patrik Schumacher, who coined this term in 2008, believes this style extracts doubt from the design process, relying instead on the infallibility of science.

© Virgile Simon Betrand

© Virgile Simon Betrand

I discovered that my own drive and passion for architecture and for the progress of our discipline – together with the enthusiasm and commitment of our staff – can propel us forward without loss of momentum, says architect Patrik Schumacher in The Guardian’s My Blueprint for the Future.

Zaha Hadid's Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Image © Virgile Simon Betrand

Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Image © Virgile Simon Betrand

Now parametricism is expanding into products and clothes. “The Extraordinary Process,” a new exhibition at the London gallery Maison Mais Non, centers on innovative technologies in fashion design. Schumacher has personally created two dinner jackets for himself that use “zippers, and leather in particular zones, and lightness and perforations in zones where you might perspire more.”  Check out these designs and more on Schumacher’s thoughts here.

News viaThe Guardian

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