Saturday, 31 May 2008

Norman Foster's Office Digification

Just a quick snippet from one of Norman Foster's TED talks. In his 2007 DLD Conference talk he covered a range of projects with a perspective of the 'green agenda'.
Architect Norman Foster discusses his own work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and "basically pollution-free." He shares projects from throughout his career, from the pioneering roof-gardened Willis Building (1975) to the London Gherkin (2004). He also comments on two upcoming megaprojects: a pipe to bring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, and the new Beijing airport.
One of the fascinating asides he covered was the change in his office with the coming of computers, he shows an image from 1990 and then from 2007 where the large open desks with models and drawings have been completely overtaken by a stunning array of screens and various types of IT infrastructure:

[shots of Foster's office from 1990 and 2007 showing the impact of computers on their practice - from his 2007 TED talk]

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