Design is an interesting and at times challenging form of creativity the ability to imagine new spaces new objects or structures for us to inhabit is perhaps one of the most distinguished processes known to mankind. I have recently read a conversation between Ai Weiwei and Hans Ulrich Obrist about Weiwei’s curation of architecture projects and his actions through his company Fuck Design (english translation). The dialogue focused on this idea of old and new and how in Beijing there is massive modernisation and the artist feels that this is taking some of the city’s history and character.
It was a very impressive read and I would suggest it to anyone seeking new ideas on contemporary urbanism and the idea of building a building.
Is the saying ‘form follows function’ true and importantly does this term apply to the majority of design types I.e product design? Coined by the early tutor of Frank Lloyd Wright Louis Sullivan it refers to the notion of a result or outcome derived primarily from its purpose. Now I am a big fan of architecture and I can really see this thought in lets say a building like the Seagram Building, New York, 1958 created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. You can see its purpose within the aesthetics of the building, and you can also decipher as a result of it being designed in this manner that it is meant for business, and it says that visually. I do not know if this thought or saying is needed anymore as truly modern structures are incorporating new technologies and ideas and no longer bow down to a result. I would argue that in todays design the results are often unexpected and the really successful creatives challenge themselves to pursue the purpose, and its idea or concept.