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Neri Oxman: Architectural Advancements

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by Jennifer Shockley last modified Sep 23, 2011

A forerunner to the contest of new conceptual designs in architecture is Neri Oxman.



If I were asked to describe what I love most about architecture, I would have to respond with that there are no limits. Designers push past the limits, creating new boundaries all of the time.

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Off the top of my head I could give you a list of hugely successful and entirely different architectural approaches to design, including homes that are one with nature like FallingWater by Frank Lloyd Wright, buildings that stand alone, completely isolated from their environment, like the Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe, historical buildings that can never lose their significance, like the Roman Coliseum or futuristic, technologically advanced designs that are currently writing their own pages in history, like the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The list is endless and ever-growing, and where the future of architecture lies is up to each new generation to decide.

A forerunner to the contest of new conceptual designs in architecture is Neri Oxman. She is a 35-year-old, Israeli-born architect that is currently the Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the Mediated Matter research group.

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Oxman’s group explores how digital design and fabrication technologies can work and change through matter and the environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings and systems.

“Oxman’s goal is to enhance the relationship between the built and the natural environments by employing design principles inspired by nature and implementing them in the invention of digital design technologies.”

Oxman received her Ph.D. in design computation from MIT where she developed the theory and practice of material-based design computation.

In 2009 she was named to ICON’s list of the “top 20 most influential architects to shape our future.”




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