Just watched an inspiring lecture by SHoP architects out of New York. Most inspiring was the discussions of how involved they become in all aspects of the building process, from conception to production and fabrication to development and finance. By investing themselves in deeper into the building , and once developers know that the architect has invested interest in the building, the architect can actually gain a lot more design freedom because they are more in control.
It’s cool when architects decide to be more than paper architects. These guys are interested in the Thickness of the Building- the bits that make it an assembly- and have a strong belief that if you don’t know how your building is built it’s just a rendering.
Their new stadium in Brooklyn has custom pre-rusted steel panels, which are all pre-weathered in a factory that sprays them with water and rotates them on hangers for 1 month until they are perfect. Each panel has a code on it which when screened with an iphone app can tell anyone where on the building it goes, anyone including Jay-Z who is part owner.