This title of AD heralds a new era of exuberance in digital design. Having overcome the alienation and otherness of the cyber, having mastered the virtual qualities and protocols of the parametric, having achieved the intricacy and elegance of the digital, and having fully embraced the potential of 3d computer software and cad/cam manufacturing technologies, it is now time for architects to show off! Conjure up the extravagance of furniture design, the abundance of cgi in Hollywood, the profuseness of bio-techno ornamentation or the lavishness of Middle-Eastern and Asian super-urbanism. Exuberance not only celebrates new Baroque theatricality, formal sophistication and digital virtuosity; it also debates a plethora of joyful and intelligent ways in which experimental architecture manages to cope with the contemporary turmoil in global politics, economics and ecology.
Editorial Helen Castle About the Guest-Editor Marjan Colletti Introduction Exuberance and Digital Virtuosity Marjan Colletti DigitAlia - the Other Digital Practice Marjan Colletti Interiorities Ali Rahim Diving into the Depth-Scape: Exuberance and Personalities Yael Reisner Exuberant Couture Judith Clark Baroque Exuberance: Frivolity or Disquiet? Robert Harbison Let's Rock over Barock Wolf D Prix The New Delfina Peter Cook OrnaMental POrnamentation: The Abstract and the Exuberant Body of Ornamentation Marjan Colletti Surrealistic Exuberance - Dark Matters Neil Spiller Exuberance, I Don't Know; Excess, I Like Hernan Diaz Alonso Extreme Integration Tom Wiscombe of EMERGENT Relying on Interdependencies: Snohetta in the Middle East Kjetil Tradal Thorsen and Robert Greenwood, Snohetta Cultivating Smartcities CJ Lim Leading Lady: Monica Pidgeon, Editor of Architectural Design, 1946 to 1975 Peter Murray Interior Eye Morphosis Architects' Cooper Union Academic Building, New York Jayne Merkel Building Profile Winter Olympic Buildings, Vancouver 2010 David Littlefield Practice Profile Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) Fleur Watson and Martyn Hook Unit Factor Emergence and the Forms of Metabolism Michael Weinstock Yeang's Eco-Files Biodiversity Targets as the Basis for Green Design Mike Wells and Ken Yeang Spiller's Bits Strategic Plots and Spatial Blooms Neil Spiller McLean's Nuggets Will McLean Userscape Urban Interactive Valentina Croci