Pulsation in Architecture

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By Eric Goldemberg
Softcover, 8.5 x 11, 480 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-023-5
October 2011

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Pulsation in Architecture highlights the role of digital design as the catalyst for a new spatial sensibility related to rhythmic perception. It proposes a novel critical reception of computational architecture based on the ability of digital design to move beyond mere instrumentality, and to engage with core aspects of the discipline: the generative engine of digital architecture reinvigorates a discourse of part-to-whole relationships through the lens of rhythmic affect.
There is a paradigm shift in spatial perception due to the intense use of computational techniques and the capacity to morph massive amounts of data in spatial patterns; rhythm plays a pivotal role in the articulation of the topology of buildings, generating the atmospheric character that induces moods and throbbing sensations in space. Pulsation introduces the fundamental animate capacity of living form and reshapes our perception of architectural space across the multiple scales of a project, from digital inception to fabrication. An emerging thread of rhythmic sensibility loosely binds a survey of contemporary design practices, including contributions by Peter Eisenman, Jeff Kipnis, Greg Lynn, UNStudio, Preston Scott Cohen, Reiser + Umemoto, Asymptote, Ali Rahim, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Ruy Klein, Gage / Clemenceau, NOX, Evan Douglis Studio, kokkugia, and MONAD Studio.

About the author(s)

Eric Goldemberg holds a Masters of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Professional Degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has taught at Florida International University (FIU) since 2006 as an Assistant Professor and is the Digital Design Coordinator of the Architecture Department. He has taught at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and New York Institute of Technology. Goldemberg worked in New York for Peter Eisenman as senior designer for the City of Culture of Galicia, as well as heading several international competitions at that firm. He was project architect for Asymptote Architecture—Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture; developing the design for the Guggenheim Museum in Guadalajara; a Crematorium in Schiedam, The Netherlands; and the Penang Master Plan in Malaysia. He worked in Argentina for Clorindo Testa. Eric founded his own design research practice, MONAD Studio, in 1997 with his partner Veronica Zalcberg. MONAD Studio’s practice gained international recognition in 2008, when it was nominated by Terence Riley and chosen as one of the five finalists of the prestigious MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) competition. The project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. MONAD’s entry was also exhibited in New York at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center as part of the YAP 10th Anniversary Review. Other prizes and numerous publications followed this achievement. The work of MONAD Studio has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record, World Architecture (China), i4Design (Chicago), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), Futuristic (Daab Books, Germany), the Miami Herald, Florida InsideOut, Design Book Magazine, Summa+ (Argentina), La Nación (Argentina), PP@PD (PennDesign), Abstract (Columbia University), In Process (Pratt Institute), eVolo Magazine among other architecture journals. MONAD Studio received a bronze medal award at the 2007 Miami Beach Biennial for its Performing Arts Center project in Norway. Eric Goldemberg is the recipient of a Mellon Foundation grant awarded by The Wolfsonian-FIU, and his design research firm MONAD Studio has been commissioned to design and fabricate the display system installation for the exhibition titled “Digital Nouveau”, with the intent of highlighting the shifting terrain of craft and ornament over the last 100 years. Eric Goldemberg organized a conference at FIU with the title “Digital Pulse in Architecture.” This two-day symposium brought to Miami seven renowned contemporary designers and critics from New York and Los Angeles (Jeff Kipnis, Ali Rahim, Hernan Diaz Alonso, David Ruy, Ferda Kolatan, Marcelo Spina, and Perry Hall), contributing to a culture of criticality and unprecedented digital design sophistication in Miami.

Table of Contents


Eric Goldemberg: Pulsation in Architecture

C — CONFERENCE RECORD: Digital Pulse in Architecture

Conference Introduction: Adam Drisin


Ali Rahim / Contemporary Architecture Practice (Introduction: Eric Goldemberg)


Jeffrey Kipnis: The Geneology of the Vector Primitive in Recent Architecture (Introduction: Eric Goldemberg)


Q & A with A. Rahim and J. Kipnis

Session 2:

Marcelo Spina / PATTERNS (Introduction: Alfredo Andia)


David Ruy / Ruy Klein (Introduction: Alfredo Andia)


Eric Goldemberg / MONAD Studio (Introduction: Alfredo Andia)


Q & A with J. Kipnis, M. Spina, D. Ruy, E. Goldemberg

Session 3:

Ferda Kolatan / su11 architecture + design (Introduction: John Stuart)


Hernan Diaz Alonso / Xefirotarch (Introduction: John Stuart)


Perry Hall (Introduction: John Stuart)


Q & A with J. Kipnis, M. Spina, D. Ruy, F. Kolatan, E. Goldemberg, H. Diaz Alonso, P. Hall


Benjamin H. Bratton and Ed Keller: Actually We Found More Than One Pulse, Sir…


Mark Foster Gage: Architectural Form and the Subjugation of Concepts


Eisenman Architects / Peter Eisenman


EMBT/Enric Miralles – Benedetta Tagliabue


Greg Lynn FORM / Greg Lynn


RUR Architecture / Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto


Asymptote Architecture / Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture


NOX / Lars Spuybroek


Preston Scott Cohen / Preston Scott Cohen


UNStudio / Ben van Berkel + Caroline Bos


Archi-Tectonics / Winka Dubbeldam


KOL/MAC / Sulan Kolatan + William MacDonald


Evan Douglis Studio / Evan Douglis


SPAN / Matias del Campo + Sandra Manninger


Gage / Clemenceau Architects / Mark Foster Gage + Marc Clemenceau Bailly


Bureau V / Peter Zuspan + Stella Lee + Alexander Pincus


Cmmnwlth / David Boira + Zoë Boira Coombes


Karim Rashid / Karim Rashid


AUM Studio / Ed Keller + Carla Leitão


kokkugia / Roland Snooks and Rob Stuart-Smith


Minimaforms / Theodore Spyropoulos + Stephen Spyropoulos


General Design Bureau / Ciro Najle


Armando Montilla: Digital Nouveau: Revisiting the Vector, Systems of Symbiosis and the Nouveau Materiality


Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa: Carlo Rainaldi’s Post-Historical Suspension: Anticipating Cartopological Space


Michael Young: The Limits of Control


Juan Azulay: Notes for Five Coordinates to the Seam, A five-act play


Eric Goldemberg: The Singularities of Rhythmic Affect



Pulsation in Architecture makes a very strong case, as the title suggests, for not only movement in architecture—whirling, swirling, curling and more—but for a movement in architecture as well. Eric Goldemberg’s selection of architects and their works captures a constellation of architectural ideas hurtling along the vector of digital innovation like proton beams in the Large Hadron Collider. While many of these designers are quite well known in their own right, Goldemberg’s compilation suggests greater global affinities than might otherwise be supposed. In addition to a shared devotion to the opportunities created by the digital revolution, certain common formal characteristics abound, raising the chicken-and-the-egg question of which is driving which. Jeffrey Kipnis plays the role of wise man in this regard, articulating and synthesizing the myriad ideas put forth at the 2008 Digital Pulse Conference that served as a catalyst for this book. Goldemberg displays an equally thorough overview of the world of pulsing architecture. He is generous enough intellectually to also see the work from the respective designers’ points of view, which include those of Peter Eisenman, Preston Scott Cohen, Greg Lynn, RUR (Reiser + Umemoto), UNStudio, Asymptote, EMBT/Miralles-Tagliabue, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Ali Rahim, Karim Rashid and others. In doing so, Goldemberg tells us not only what he thinks, but in many ways helps clarify the thinking of a generation of designers as well as our own.
Terence Riley, Architect