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The search for autonomous architecture

Archi-Union Architects

Contemporary Chinese architecture can perhaps be understood by adopting a dualist approach. On the one hand, it is an industry in which architects - albeit autonomous professionals - struggle with the need depend on funding and navigate the political context, a social-economic and cultural-political framework that has held back truly autonomous development. On the other, digitization (parametric design) is an instrument that, combined with traditional construction techniques, has created an opportunity for autonomous design. 

In the view of Philip F. Yuan, head of Archi-Union Architects, parametric design is not just a technology tool. It is also a way of exploring the world around us, and better understanding where the values of contemporary culture are heading. Digital design has an unprecedented future. Yuan’s architecture and its smooth surfaces eschew depth...

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