[Editor's Note: The following review was authored byÂ Gideon Fink Shapiro and Phillip M. Crosby.]
A generationâ€™s worth of experimentation with generative digital design techniques has seemingly created a â€œnew normalâ€ for architecture. But what exactly are the parameters of this â€œnormalâ€ condition? On November 14th and 15th Winka Dubbeldam, principal of Archi-Tectonics and the new Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, called together some of contemporary architectureâ€™s most prominent proponents of generative digital design techniques for a symposium, The New Normal, examining how these techniques have transformed the field over the past twenty years. According to Ms. Dubbeldam and her colleagues in Pennâ€™s post-professional program who organized the symposium, digital tools have â€œfundamentally altered the way in which we conceptualize, design, and fabricate architecture.â€ Participants were asked not only to reflect upon the recent past, but also to speculate on future possibilities.